There is an increasing amount of evidence building up around the benefits that physical activity can bring for your health. By taking some form of physical activity, you will very quickly see improvements such as increased levels of energy, weight control and improved sleep. It has significant long term benefits too such as lower risk of developing type II diabetes, heart disease, and colon cancer. It is now recommended that everyone aims to accumulate 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days of the week. This can be built up in bouts of 10 minutes and there are lots of ways of achieving this including:
- Gardening or DIY
- Attending an exercise class
- Walking or cycling part of your journey to work
- Using the stairs
- Playing with the kids
- Sport activities (e.g. tennis, golf)
It is not just the body that benefits from increased activity, studies have shown that it also improves mood. Taking some form of exercise will also provide some time for you to put yourself first and unwind from the daily stresses of life.
If you concerned about starting any physical activity speak to a member of your healthcare team.
Bums off Seats is a Fife Walking Initiative that provides free local health walking opportunities. All walks are led by a trained team of Volunteer Walk Leaders.
For a list of current timetables and contact points, please click on the link below:
To find out more groups and clubs in yours local area click on Practical Help.
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