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Move more and get active

If you're not as active as you should be you are putting your health and quality of life at risk.

Getting some physical activity each day can help to;

  • maintain a healthy weight
  • prevent a range of illness and disease including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers
  • improves sleep
  • prevent depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions
  • prevent dementia, osteoarthritis and physical limitations in later life

Something is better than nothing, start small and build up gradually, just 10 minutes at a time provides benefit to your health. Find a way of being active that you enjoy and you're more likely to keep it up, start with reducing the amount of time you spend sitting down. You can download the Active 10 app from the iTunes (opens in new window) or Google Play (opens in new window).

Physical activity guidelines for children (under five years)

Being physically active every day is important for the healthy growth and development of babies, toddlers and pre-school children. For this age group, activity of any intensity should be encouraged, including light activity and more energetic physical activity. More information is available from NHS Choices (opens in new window).

The importance of exercise as you grow older

Exercise is the most important thing you can do to keep well and help keep your independence. Older people are more sedentary than any other age group and have more health problems that can be prevented or delayed by keeping active. If you don’t keep active you will start to find activities that are easy now much more difficult, such as getting out of a chair, or crossing the road with confidence.

Get active your way

There are many ways busy mums and dads, families, young people, office workers and older adults can build physical activity into their lives. Being physically active is easier than you think, especially if you make activity part of your daily routine. The amount of activity you need to do each week depends on your age. Visit the NHS Choices website (opens in new window) to see how much exercise you or a family member should be doing.


Walking is one of the easiest ways to get more activity into your day, lose weight and become healthier. In Worcestershire we have excellent Health Walks which are open to everyone.

Worcestershire County Council - Health Walks (opens in new window)

Worcestershire County Council - Worcestershire Health Walks Groups - Easy Read (opens in new window)

Worcestershire County Council - Walks and Rides (opens in new window)

Walking for health (opens in new window)

Useful links

Sports partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire (opens in new window)

Easy Health - Exercise (opens in new window)

NHS Change4life (opens in new window)

NHS Choices - information on strength and flexibility (opens in new window)

NHS UK - download walking apps and couch to 5K and more (opens in new window)

Last updated: 23 January 2018