Whatever your age, there’s strong scientific evidence that being physically active can help you lead a healthier and even happier life. Keeping active can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%.
Physical activity is also good for your mental health. Experts believe that exercise releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good. Physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of mental health problems such as stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
If you’re not sure about becoming active or boosting your level of physical activity because you’re afraid of getting hurt, the good news is that moderate-intensity aerobic activity, like brisk walking and climbing stairs is generally safe for most people.
There are plenty of ways to get and stay active in Warwickshire.
Fitter Futures Warwickshire, Physical Activity/Healthy Lifestyles on Referral Service
This service is for young people aged 12 to 16 and for adults aged 16+. It is a 12 week programme of physical activity/healthy lifestyle support. You will need to meet some criteria and be referred by a health or social care professional or pharmacist.
To access the service, please visit www.fitterfutureswarwickshire.co.uk or call 024 7640 0594.
Fitter Futures Warwickshire also provides weight management and healthy lifestyle services for all ages. Please visit the website or call the number above for more information.
There are several outdoor gyms located around Warwickshire in local parks and recreational grounds, giving you the opportunity to exercise outdoors, and for free.
Walking for health
There are a number of health walks across the county. Most of the walks are free and happen weekly. Use the walk finder search tool to find a walk in your local area.
There are a number of measured miles that have been waymarked across the county so people can walk around a measured amount independently. Individuals can monitor their progress.
Keeping active when you’re a bit older (over 55)
It’s never too late to start being more physically active. People of all ages can benefit from physical activity and you’ll get the most out of it when you start taking part in regular physical activity, even if you’ve not done any exercise for a while.
In Warwickshire there are a range of opportunities for older people to take part in specially tailored activities run by Age UK. See how you can get involved.