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Be Active

Being more active can be a big step towards a more healthy lifestyle for you and those around you. Whether you would rather walk the dog, do the house work, dance in your living room, move about more at work; choosing to do more can contribute to you becoming more active. The aim is: move more, sit less.

Only 1 in 20 people are actually doing the right amount of activity each week.

The recommendations are:

  • 150 minutes for adults
  • 60 minutes every day for children aged 5-16
  • 3 hours of activity a day for under 5's

The recommended activity needs to be moderate e.g. making you sweat and raising body temperature whilst still be able to carry out a conversation. If you start to get too breathlessness slow down or stop your activity. Please see a doctor if starting new exercise for the first time

Being active is important for your health, it strengthens your heart and lungs, reduce the risk of chronic illness such as coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, dementia and cancers. Exercise makes you feel better, strengthens bone and joints, helps reduce tension and relieve stress. The list is endless. Above all it can be done free!

Top tips on getting more active

Walking – Go out for a walk at lunchtime, walk the dog more often. Try interval walking – use lampposts as a guide to increase intensity. Walk to one and brisk walk to the next. Invite a friend or family member to encourage a regular activity.

10 minute shake up – challenge work colleagues, your children, family or friends to introducing 10 minutes of activity into their day.

Dancing – put on the radio or favourite music channel on the TV and dance to the songs.

Housework with a twist – have a game with your family members on who can clean a room the fastest, choose chores and then link them together e.g. window cleaning, mirrors, skirting boards, doors in a room.

Cycling – cycle to work, cycle during your lunch break, or go out with the kids on their bikes at the weekend. There are new bike routes at Everards Meadows or cycle along one of our canals.

Gardening – planting veggies, mowing the grass, weeding and digging can all contribute to your moderate activity. A Place To Grow is our local community garden where you can come along and garden whilst enjoying a friendly social atmosphere.

Home or Away - take up a new sport or activity at home or at a sports club. Try football in the park or swimming at your local leisure centre. Visit local bargain stores or supermarkets they often sell cheap fitness kit like badminton sets, crickets sets, baseball sets for as little as £0.99


Walking

Walking - Why is it good to me?

A brisk ten minute walk can make a huge difference to your health – it gets the heart pumping faster, can make you feel better, more energetic and improve your mood. Over time, brisk walking can help to lower the risk of serious illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

How much does it cost?

Nothing! Walking is free and can even save you money on travel costs.

What equipment do I need?

The good news is you don't have to wear sports kit or start an expensive fitness programme!

Before you start:

  • Wear any shoes or trainers that are comfortable, provide adequate support and do not cause blisters.
  • If you're walking to work, you could wear your usual work clothes with a comfy pair of shoes and change shoes when you get into work.
  • For long walks, you may want to take some water, healthy snacks, a spare top, sunscreen, sunglasses and a sun hat in a small backpack.
  • If you start going for longer walks regularly, you may want to invest in a waterproof jacket and some specialist walking shoes for more challenging routes.

You can also use the Active 10 app to monitor how much you are walking


Blaby District Health Led Walks

All our walks are led by a qualified walk leader please look at the table below for times across the District.

Location

Day

Time

Description

Contact Details

Outside Kirby Muxloe Library

LE9 2EN

Monday
(Not on Bank Holidays)

11:00 - 12:00

Weekly Walk

Free Parking.

Dogs must be kept on lead.

Info@activeblaby.org.uk


0116 272 7703

Stoney Stanton Memorial Playing Fields, Martin Close, Stoney Stanton, LE9 4TQ

Tuesday

10:00 - 11:00

Weekly Walk

Free Parking.

Dogs must be kept on lead.

Info@activeblaby.org.uk


0116 272 7703

Glen Hills Library

LE2 9JD

Wednesday

10:30 - 11:30

Weekly Walk

Free Parking (limited).

Dogs must be kept on lead.

Info@activeblaby.org.uk


0116 272 7703

Bouskell Park

LE18 4FT

Thursday

13:30 - 14:30

Weekly Walk

Free Parking (limited).

Dogs must be kept on lead.

Info@activeblaby.org.uk


0116 272 7703

Booking is essential prior to every walk. You can book as close as one hour before the walk is due to take place.

Before booking onto a walk, please fill in the completed registration form (please note you only need to do this once). We are asking for these details for monitoring and evaluation purposes.

You can now book onto our walks using the link below

Cancellations Notice

In the event of bad weather or a shortage of staff in leading a walk, the Health and Leisure team may have to cancel a walk. In the event of a walk being cancelled, we will send an email to inform those who have attended a walk in the past or those that have booked onto a walk via the Blaby LSA website of the cancellation as the earliest possible convenience.


Blaby District Walk Brochures

Download one of our beautiful walks in our local parks and green spaces, explore close to home.

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