Information on Physical Activity
Welcome to the Physical Activity section of the Leeds Let's Change website! Here you will find out why it is important to stay active and top tips on how to keep healthy by doing physical activity.
What is physical activity?
Physical activity includes a huge range of exciting and fun activities, from playing competitive sport such as cricket, football and rugby league to active living and travel opportunities such as walking, cycling or household activities.
Whatever your age, size or physical condition you will benefit from being more active. Just remember, even a little effort can make a big difference!
Check out the 'Get Active Stay Active' download produced by the British Heart Foundation which contains all the information, practical tips and questions and answers you'll need to understand more about physical activity and how you can be active.
Why should I be active?
Being physically active is most importantly a great way to have fun and spend time with friends and family as well as meet new people. It can also help improve your mood and self confidence as well as making you feel more energetic and help you sleep better. It can also reduce the risk of you getting a major chronic disease such as coronary heart disease, diabetes or high blood pressure and help you maintain a healthy weight.
If you suffer from a heart condition or are at high risk of developing heart disease check out the 'Physical Activity and Your Heart' download which contains lots of useful information about physical activity for people who have heart conditions.
As you get older it is especially important to stay active to keep fit and healthy. For more advice check out the 'Be Active for Life' download on the right of this screen!
How much physical activity should I do?
- Adults and older adults should do at least 150 minutes (2½ hours) of moderate intensity physical activity a week. A great way to do this is by doing 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on at least five days a week.
- You don't have to do 30 minutes in one go. Your half-hour could be made up of 10-minute bursts of activity spread out through the day.
- Moderate intensity activity is when you feel warmer, your breathing is increased, and your heart rate gets faster. You should also be able to still hold a conversation at this intensity
- There are also benefits in doing 75 minutes of Vigorous Intensity a week
- It is also recommended that you cut down the amount of time you spend sitting or doing nothing. This may be at work in front of the computer or at home in front of the TV. If this is part of what you do get up and go for a 10 minute walk when at work or watch TV for 30 minutes get up and do some housework or gardening. It is as easy as that!
Where can I take part in physical activity?
You can be physically active anywhere and at any time that suits your lifestyle. It could be in your home, your garden, in the local park, at a local community centre or leisure centre. The best way to ensure that you keep active over the long term is to include activity in your everyday life. This could be around the way you travel, why take the car on a 2 minute journey to the shop, could you not walk instead?
To get involved and keep involved you could take up activity as part of a leisure pursuit or hobby, such as gardening, or do a more social activity such as dancing or joining a local walking group. Don’t forget being active is not just about going to the gym or playing sport! You can walk and garden too!
Games 4 life is a new campaign wanting to get everyone up and active this summer. Just click on the picture above to answer a short questionnaire and you'll be sent a free personalised activity plan, packed full of tips and ideas to try this summer.
Walking is one of the best ways to get your dose of healthy activity (that's 150 minutes of exercise per week). Walking is easy, you can do it anywhere, either alone or with friends. Why not have a read of 'Put your Heart into Walking' (one of our downloadable resources found on the right of this screen) a guide put together by the British Heart Foundation which includes practical tips and a personal walking plan to help you succeed in living life as actively as possible!
Looking for walks in your local area? Just enter your postcode or place name into this WalkFinder Widget to find your nearest health walks.
For some fun ideas around moving more please check out www.nhs.uk/change4life, here there is something for all the family. Activites range from outdoor adventure, to watersports, to martial arts, and any other general sports you can think of, including disability sports and classes.
Please click here to see places you may want to visit to be more active or to see what is happening in your local area. Don’t forget to check out our events calendar for more fun and exciting activities happening in Leeds!