Posted: Wed, 21 Nov 2018 09:00

How can you make your move?

The greatest benefits to our physical and mental health comes when we go from doing no physical activity at all to doing just a little bit!

We can all move more in our day to day life to see these benefits.

How much physical activity do we all need to do to keep healthy?

There are many ways busy mums and dads, families, young people, office workers and older adults can build physical activity into their lives. Being physically active is easier than you think, especially if you make activity part of your daily routine.

The amount of activity you need to do each week depends on your age...

Under 5's – Babies, Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers

Active children from birth to 5 years old are healthy, happy, school ready and sleep better. All children should be encouraged to be active throughout the day, every day.

  • Children who are not yet walking should be encouraged from birth to do simple activities such as tummy time, enabling them to reach and roll for their favourite toy or acting out some nursery rhymes.
  • Children capable of walking should be physically active for at least 3 hours each day. This could include playing hide and seek, putting some music on and moving to the beat or more energetic activity like active play in the park, swimming and skipping.

The benefits are clear...

  • Develop strong bones, muscles and heart
  • Develop good motor skills including balance and coordination
  • Supports good social skills - great for making new friends
  • Helps to maintain a healthy weight
  • Helps to enable a child to sleep well
  • Boosts a child's confidence and emotional skills

Children and Young People

Children and young people should take part in appropriate physical activity every day and should minimise the amount of time spent sitting for long periods of time.

To maintain a basic level of health, children and young people aged 5 to 18 need to do…

  • At least 1 hour of physical activity each day. This could be playing tag with friends, walk/cycle/scoot to school, helping with some household chores or sports such as gymnastics or tennis.30 minutes of their daily target can and should be achieved at school.

AND

  • At least 3 days a week of exercises for strength and balance for their muscles and bones, such as skipping, hopping and swinging on playground equipment.

They will feel the benefits of…

  • Improved attention levels at school
  • Develops coordination
  • Strengthens muscles and bones
  • Maintains a healthy weight
  • Sleep better zzz
  • Improved mood and feel good

Adults

To stay healthy or improve health, adults aged 19 to 64 years need to do 2 types of physical activity each week: aerobic exercise and strength exercises...

  • 2 1/2 hours each week of moderate activity (that's when we increase our heart rate and breath a bit harder) such as walking round the block, doing some housework or going for a bike ride.

AND

  • Strength and balance exercises on 2 or more days a week that work all your major muscles such as exercises like push-ups and sit-ups, heavy gardening or yoga.

Feel the benefits of…

  • Have better physical health
  • Feel happier
  • Have more energy
  • Feel relaxed and less stressed
  • Make new friendships
  • Create active memories with family and friends

Older Adults

To stay healthy or to improve health, older adults aged 65 years and over need to do 2 types of physical activity each week: aerobic exercise and strength exercises...

  • 2 1/2 hours each week of moderate activity (that's when we increase our heart rate and breath a bit harder) such as going out for a scenic walk, attending an exercise class or unloading and carrying the shopping.

AND

  • Strength and balance exercises on 2 or more days a week that work all your major muscles such as exercises like sit-ups, heavy gardening or yoga.

The benefits are clear…

  • Feel happier
  • Have better physical and mental health
  • Better balance and reduce the risk of falls
  • Makes friendships and reduce isolation
  • Improve your sleep zzz...
  • Create active memories with family and friends

Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport and a range of health and wellbeing organisations, are working together to help us all, move a little more.

To make your move, visit www.llrmakeyourmove.org or follow #LLRMakeyourMove

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  • Blaby LSA
    Sport England
    O&W LSA
    Harborough LSA
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    Active Rutland
    H&B LSA
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Partners

  • Harborough LSA
    NWL LSA
  • Sport England
    Charnwood LSA
  • Blaby LSA
    Equality Standard
  • Melton LSA
    Active Leicester
  • Active Partnerships
    Safeguarding
  • O&W LSA
    Active Rutland
  • H&B LSA
    Leicestershire County Council