Being active is hugely beneficial for the health of your body and mind.

As well as boosting your mood and energy, getting active reduces your risk of developing serious health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and depression. Moving more even helps you to get a good night’s sleep, giving your mind and body time to rest and recharge. Spring is a great time to get started, because staying active is always more enjoyable in the sunshine.

Where To Start 

A brisk 10 minute walk ever day can make a significant difference to your health. Each 10 minute burst of exercise is known as an “Active 10”. Brisk walking is simply walking a little faster than usual, at a pace that gets your hearth pumping. Try starting with a 10 minute brisk walk each day, and then see if you can gradually build up to more. It’s the easy way to improve your health and well-being. No gym memberships; no Lycra; just 10 minutes and you!

The free Active 10 app from One You shows how much brisk walking you’re doing and where you can fit more into your day. The app also helps you set your goals and provides hints and tips to keeping you going. It’s the first free app to show you when you are walking quickly and for long enough to get the health benefits.

You can find the app for iOS here

You can find the app for Android here 

Leisure Centres

Have you had a look at what outside activities your local leisure centre offers? Many offer outdoor tennis courts, running tracks and bowling greens at affordable prices. Leisure centres also have great indoor activities, for those less sunny Spring days.

Something Different

Have you heard of ‘Green Gyms’? They’re a great way to exercise without gym-like exercises, all whilst helping the environment. You get fit by helping to conserve the environment, with activities like digging, planting and path clearing. These activities are great builders of strength and stamina. Green Gyms also give you the opportunity to learn about your environment, and to make new friends.

Local Activities

There is a lot more going on locally than you might think, including a wide range of activities which you can get involved with. Cheshire East Council hosts a variety of regular group walks, runs and classes, meaning that you can get involved in all sorts of activities which are just minutes from your doorstep.

You can find out more about these events here.

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