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Top Tips To Keep Active:

  • Everyone has been a beginner, don’t worry about being perfect first time.
  • If you miss a session, don’t worry, attend the following week or when you next feel able to do so.
  • Take a water bottle, stay hydrated.
  • Listen to your body and go at your own pace. Try taking part at an intensity where you can comfortably talk, but not sing.
  • You may have set backs – that’s OK, it happens to everyone! Just try and stick with it.
  • Being active with a friend, colleague or family member can help, if you’re going to something for the first time, you could take someone with you for moral support
  • Don’t forget to have fun – try and relax and take the experience in, as this will help when it comes to shaking those nerves off.
  • If physical activity is new to you, start slowly and build up gradually over 3-6 months.
  • Build activity into your daily routine – anything you can do to increase your movement will be beneficial. An example might be taking the stairs rather than the lift.
  • Some discomfort during and immediately after activity does not mean damage. It is normal for anyone to experience some muscle soreness after doing a new activity. Over time, as your body adapts, this will reduce.
  • Choose an activity you enjoy – you are much more likely to stick with it. This may mean trying a variety of activities before you choose one to do regularly.
  • Tell your friends and family how you are trying to be more physically active. They may provide important moral support (as changing your habits is not easy) and may also be able to help you make time by helping out with things like childcare.
  • Be realistic – some days will feel easier than others, and this is normal. Aim to build more movement and less sitting time into your normal life.

Resources To Support You Get Active:

The We Are Undefeatable campaign inspires and supports people with long-term health conditions to get active. Like, follow and subscribe to the We Are Undefeatable campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit https://www.weareundefeatable.co.uk/ to read inspiring stories and get hints and tips on being active.

Just Get Active has a walking sports activity finder, top tips and stories. https://www.justgetactive.co.uk/

Walk4Life is a useful site for the UK with a simple search map to look for walks anywhere in the UK. Individuals who sign up can put their own walks on and monitor their own fitness. https://walk4life.info/whats-widget/

One You supports individuals physical and mental health with free tips, tools and support. Visit website and download the app. https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/

Active 10 supports individuals to begin walking in bouts of 10 minutes to build their way up. Can create goals and track progress. Visit website and download app https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/active10/home/

The Make Your Day Harder campaign focuses on those daily tweaks and nudges that you build into your routine to increase your physical activity around individuals’ lifestyles. http://www.makeyourdayharder.com/about/

parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in https://www.parkrun.org.uk/

Couch to 5k is a 9-week 5 k programme. Look at website and download app for support and track progress. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/couch-to-5k-week-by-week/

Get Active Your Way supports individuals to integrate physical activity into your daily routine. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/get-active-your-way/

This Girl Can believes that there’s no “right” way to get active. Like, follow and subscribe to This Girl Can on Facebook twitter and Instagram or visit https://www.thisgirlcan.co.uk/

Walking for Health offers free short walks every week visit the website to find walks local to you: https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/

Fitter Futures Warwickshire offers a Physical Activity on Referral service (previously called Exercise on Referral) across Warwickshire. This service offers a 12-week personalised physical activity/healthy lifestyle programme delivered by exercise referral qualified fitness instructors. For more details visit https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fitterfuturesphysicalact

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