One way to tell if you’re exercising at a moderate intensity is if you can still talk, but you can’t sing the words to a song.
Participating in moderate intensity activity can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, colon and breast cancer, and depression. Being active can also decrease the risk of a hip or vertebral fracture and help control your weight.
To stay healthy, people aged 19-64 should try to be active daily and should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as cycling or fast walking, every week, and muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days a week that work all major muscle groups: legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms.
Young people should aim for at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, which should range between moderate-intensity activity, such as cycling and playground activities and vigorous-intensity activity, such as fast running and tennis. Children and young people should minimise the amount of time they spend sitting watching TV, playing computer games, and travelling by car when they could walk or cycle instead. Find out why sitting is bad for your health.
To see whether you and your family are active to the recommended levels, try taking the fitness self-assessment.
The Active People’s Survey suggests that Bournemouth has much lower rates of inactivity than most of the country (ranked as the fifth least inactive area), Dorset and Poole have higher rates of inactivity.
For more information on how LiveWell Dorset may be able to help you, contact the team on 0800 8401628 or visit LiveWell Dorset.