Want a better, happier life? Get healthy? Make friends?
Just 10 minutes of activity a day is enough to improve your mood, health and help you meet new people.
Want to get started?
Run five minutes up the road and by the time you’ve got back, you will probably have run a mile.
Make it last
Positive changes work best when you find a healthy habit you can build into your weekly routine. Some people swear by health apps, others prefer the camaraderie of a running group. Find something, make it work for you or try something else, just keep going!
Whatever you want to do, there is an activity for everyone that is fun and rewarding.
- Want to get back into a sport?
- Find clubs near you
- Activity search
- How much activity should I do?
- Looking for something new? Take the Team GB test to find out which Olympic sport you would be best suited to and get a free pass to any Fitness First gym.
Who plays what?
Ever wondered what the mosts popular sports are? This is taken from Sport England’s Active Lives survey:
|Athletics / Running||2,217,800|
|Exercise, Movement and Dance||437,200|
How much should I do?
Even 10 minutes a day can be enough to make a difference.
The NHS recommends that adults do at least 150 minutes per week of moderate activity, or at least 75 minutes per week of vigorous activity, or equivalent combinations.
But research has suggested that even saving up your activity for the weekend can still give significant health benefits.
Compared to inactive individuals, ‘Weekend Warriors’ had a 30 per cent low risk of preventable deaths overall, a 40 per cent lower risk of cardiovascular disease and 18 per cent lower risk of dying from cancer. Source
Running is one of the best ways to start your journey to a better life. Its an easy and flexible way to build your fitness.
If you do give it a go, tweet #gettingstarted at us @yorkshireSport and let us know how you are getting on!
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