Being active can lift our mood and keep us physically fit and healthy.
Taking part in physical activity is also a great way to meet new people and can provide you with a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Being active can build our self–esteem and confidence, improve our sleep and if we find something we really enjoy, it can give us goals to aim for and a sense of achievement.
You should aim for 30 minutes of moderate exercise five times a week.
Build up slowly at a pace that suits you. If you are not ready to do a solid 30 minutes try three 10 minute slots or two 15 minutes each day.
Some ideas to get you started:
is one of the simplest forms of exercise and quite easy to add to your everyday life.
around the living room listening to your favourite music or try DVD fitness workouts.
such as digging, planting and pruning can be a good workout for both your body and mind.
can boost your mood and make a real difference to your physical health.
is a great way to relax and give your body a full work out at the same time.
like tennis, badminton, jogging and football can be a great way to keep fit and meet new people.
sign up for Zumba, Aerobics, Spin, Yoga or Pilates at your local leisure or community centre.
Before you start, always check with your local doctor (GP) if you have had an illness, have any worries about your health, or if you have been inactive for a long time.
With your doctor’s guidance you can improve your health with exercise, even after a major illness.
“Jogging is very beneficial. It’s good for your legs and your feet. It’s also very good for the ground. It makes it feel needed.” ~ Charles M. Schulz
Useful tips on how to get active in Northern Ireland.
Your definitive guide to walking in Northern Ireland.
Guide to cycling activities in Northern Ireland.
Debra Daley, 2011, ISBN 1907563695
Exercises to improve your health : Choosing the right body moves to improve your health and prevent illness.
Peta Bee, 2011, ISBN 1847327257
Improve your levels of exercise and general well–being in the run–up to the Games, this book includes advice on how to get started.
Gregory Whyte, 2008, ISBN 1856267865
Top sports physiologist presents a series of five–, ten– and 30–minute workouts to help people get in shape.