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Benefits of being active

When we think about being active and moving, it is all too easy to assume it has to be something big like going to a gym or running a marathon. But it doesn't have to be those things. Whilst those things are great for some people, being active and moving more means different things to different people.

The important thing is that being active and moving is right for you and is something that you can enjoy and that fits into your daily life.

Even little changes to your daily routines can have a big impact on you and the people around you such as walking more for short journeys instead of using the car or public transport.

Many people find incorporating exercise into their commute to work or into their lunch break makes being active part of their day rather than an extra chore they need to find time for.

Woman stretching before a run in the park

Tips for getting started

Things to remember

  • You're never too young or old to start enjoying the benefits of being more active
  • A good way to think about building up your active minutes is some is good, but more is better
  • Every active minute counts
  • As little as 10 minutes of moderate physical activity at a time provides physical and mental health benefits

Additional information 

The guidelines above are for adults aged 19 and over. There are different guidelines for children under 5, those aged 5-18 years old, adults with disabilities, pregnant women and for women for have recently given birth.