If physical activity was a drug it would be classed as a wonder drug...
As little as 10 minutes of moderate physical activity at a time provides physical and mental health benefits.
Building activity into your day keeps your heart healthy, reduces risk of serious illness and strengthens your muscles and bones. It can also be a great way of managing stress levels and lifting your mood if you're feeling down. For more benefits of becoming more active visit NHS choices.
Latest guidelines say:
- Adults should to be active for at least 150 minutes each week
- Kids aged 5 - 18 should be active for at least 60 minutes each day
- Kids under 5 should have 3 hours of activity a day.
It can seem hard to fit activity into your busy schedule. Working and looking after your family and home can mean that you don’t always have much free time. Sometimes activities can seem expensive, but they don’t have to be.
Top 10 tips for moving more
Split activity up throughout the day
You can achieve your target in bouts of 10 minutes or more.
...to school/work, to visit friends, to the shops, or other places in your neighbourhood.
Park further away
If you need to drive, try to park further away from your destination and walk the rest of the way.
Children love to play – it’s a great way to get them up and about, having fun and staying healthy. Playing together is a great way to be active as a family. Visit Change4life for some fun family physical activity ideas.
Take the stairs
Take the stairs instead of the lift, or get out of the lift a few floors early and use the stairs.
Mix it up
Try to find different walks, and alternate between them during the week. Gradually build up to walking 10,000 steps a day.
Heavy gardening - including pushing, bending, squatting, carrying, digging and shovelling - can provide a good workout.
Take up an active hobby
Being active is all about having fun. If we don’t enjoy it, we won’t keep it up. We all deserve to spend some time doing something we enjoy.
Do it your way
Activity can also be a great way of having time to yourself, if you have a busy home or work life. Try a 15 minute walk after dinner – it can be a great opportunity to clear your head.
Use an app! Visit our Get Active Apps page for ideas.
For more information and tips on getting active visit NHS Choices.
Move More Doncaster
If you are looking for support to get more active and are aged over 50yrs then the Move More Doncaster service can help. This provides you with access to qualified and experienced staff who will be able to advise and support you in becoming more active. The sessions are initially free for the first 3 months and there are a wide range of activities and locations available.
If you would like further information or to get in touch for an appointment visit www.movemoredoncaster.nhs.uk or ring 0800 0169187.
Get Set To Go
Mind has launched a new motivational website to help women with mental health problems choose a sport which is suitable to them. The website asks people to select reasons stopping them from exercising, and provides practical tips and real life stories to inspire people take the first step, and reap the benefits of an active lifestyle.
Those taking part receive one-to-one support from others with shared experiences, who understand the additional challenges a mental health problem presents to those who want to get active.
Participants also get support through Mind’s safe and supportive online social network Elefriends, by swapping tips, advice and linking up with others who are just starting out.
Click on the links below to find out about all the things you can do in Doncaster to get moving and keep active.
- Green Spaces and Parks
- Let’s Get Active Doncaster
- Move More Doncaster
- Sport Clubs
- Leisure Facilities
- Discover Lakeside
Our services and responsibilities
We provide specialist advice and support for the Doncaster Active Partnership to:
- 'support residents to access a range of sport and physical activity opportunities, to enable the borough to lead a healthier lifestyle'
- We support the development and delivery of Doncaster’s Physical Activity and Sport Strategy
Doncaster Public Health Team can provide advice and intelligence to organisations and partners at a community, borough-wide and regional level to offer support for Doncaster residents to become more physically active.
There are a number of reports that provide detailed information on physical activity and sport and represent our work to understand the current state of play in Doncaster. These can be accessed http://www.teamdoncaster.org.uk/physical-activity-needs-assessment.
For more info, please contact us:
- email: email@example.com
- tel: 01302 734567
- NHS Choices
- One You
- BHF physical activity and health
- Change4Life - Get Going
- Living streets
- Sustrans join the movement
- South Yorkshire Sport
- Walking for health page
- Walk 4 Life
- Age Uk
- Reduce sitting
- Your Life Doncaster
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tel: 01302 734581
- Move More Doncaster Flyer
- Download (2.64MB - PDF)