Research shows that getting active can improve your health,
confidence and quality of life.
Not only can regular exercise help you keep the weight off, more
importantly, it will lower your risk of developing major chronic
How much exercise is enough?
Your age, general health and current activity levels will
determine how far you can push yourself. Adults should aim to do at
least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on five or
more days a week to reap the health benefits. If you are overweight
and you aren't changing your diet, 45 to 60 minutes of activity may
be needed each day. If you are obese, you will need to do 60 to 90
minutes of activity every day to lose weight.
Children and young people need to be active for at least an hour
every day, for example through active play, sport or walking to and
You don't have to do all the activity in one go. If you were
doing 30 minutes a day, you could do three 10-minute bursts of
activity spread out through the day.
Getting an active lifestyle
Every little bit of physical activity in your daily routine
helps. Being physically active for at least 30 minutes a day, at
least five days a week, is easier than you think.
Short bursts of activity throughout the day all add up to the
The NHS Choices
website has some top tips for building exercise into your
lifestyle, such as:
- walking a bit brisker with the kids on the way to and from
- cycling to and from work
- taking part in a more structured activity like a dance class or
a gym session a few times a week
- vigorous housework
For more help and tips on getting active see our Explore Kent pages.
Get fit without the gym
You don't have to go to the gym to get fit.
Doing at least 30 minutes a day of moderate intensity activity,
at least five times a week, will boost your general health.
The NHS Choices website has some useful tips for getting active
the cheap and easy way, such as:
- running and jogging