Fitness Health

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Fitness Health

Physical Activity is good for YOU

If exercise were a pill, it would be one of the most cost-effective drugs ever invented. Being physically active helps you live longer and prevents many chronic diseases.

Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.

Getting Started

Any activity you can do is better than none (see over for recommended guidelines). Active Northumberland manages leisure centres and facilities across the county, where you can choose from anything from fitness classes to Health Walks, gym workouts to swimming sessions.

With children’s activities and Active Life sessions for those new or returning to exercise, there is something for everyone.

There’s also a GP Referral Scheme for those with medical conditions – ask your GP or practice nurse for more details.

Of course, we’re lucky to have so much beautiful countryside on our doorstep here in Northumberland where you can enjoy a brisk walk, run or cycle (see below for some ideas of where to go and what to do).

Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults (Aged 16-64)

  • Moderate Aerobic Activity

    do least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as cycling or fast walking every week, and strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).

  • Vigorous Aerobic Activity

    75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity, such as running or a game of singles tennis every week, and strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).

  • Mixed Activity

    A mix of moderate and vigorous aerobic activity every week. For example, two 30-minute runs plus 30 minutes of fast walking equates to 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity, and strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).

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