Why Be Active?
Being active is good for your health and wellbeing. Even if you move for one minute more than you did yesterday, it’s good for you – you just need to take that first step!
Living an active life is important for your physical and mental health. Staying active is proven to help prevent and treat diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and some forms of cancer.
There are also social benefits from being active too – from meeting new friends, getting out and about, to improvements in self-esteem and confidence.
Watch the video below to learn about the effects of physical activity intensity on your health
Move More For Successful Weight Loss
If you are trying to lose weight you will need to do more than the recommended 150 minutes (or 2.5 hours) of moderate intensity activities every week and make changes to your eating habits. See your recommended physical activity levels for your age in the drop down below.
One way to reach your recommended 150 minutes each week is to do 30 minutes on at least 5 days a week. If you don’t have much time, you could split up the 30 minutes into 3 blocks of 10 minute work-outs.
Once you’ve achieved 30 minutes of moderate activity on at least 5 days each week. Try to build up to 45 – 60 minutes daily to help speed up weight loss.
Visit the Forth Valley Choose to Lose page for more tips and tools to support you losing weight.
Physical Activity & Pregnancy
The more active and fit you are during pregnancy, the easier it will be for you to adapt to your changing shape and weight gain. It will also help you to cope with labour and get back into shape after the birth. Keep up your normal daily physical activity or exercise (sport, running, yoga, dancing, or even walking to the shops and back) for as long as you feel comfortable. Find out more here.