Keep fit and active
Why should I move about and exercise?
Your heart is a muscle and it needs physical activity to stay in good condition. Regular movement and exercise can help to give your heart the workout it needs.
Being active helps reduce your risk of developing coronary heart disease. It can also help reduce your risk of stroke, Type 2 Diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis.
How much should I move about and exercise?
Adults should be active every day. Every 10 minutes counts.
Aim to build up to a total of 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity each week. Walking quickly is a good example of activity that gives your heart a good workout.
Children should be active for 1 hour every day.
Things you can do
- Find local walking routes: Visit Cambridge & beyond or Walking in Cambridgeshire.
- Walking for Health offers dozens of free, led, short walks every week.
- Find local cycling routes.
- Find your local swimming pool.
- Find local sports, leisure and culture activities.
- Find your local personal health trainer to give you free, confidential advice on eating, drinking, exercise and giving up smoking and the support and motivation:
Exercise on referral scheme
The exercise referral scheme helps people in Cambridgeshire become fitter and more active.
The scheme can benefit a wide range of conditions including high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, mobility problems, depression and cardiac conditions.
Find out about the scheme in your area:
Services are free, so if you are keen to make a lifestyle change and want to feel better through improved health, contact us to find out more:
Telephone: 0845 023 0370, Monday to Friday 8am-6pm. 24 hour voicemail in operation outside of these times.
Email: [email protected]
If you are a health professional and would like more information on how to refer into the service, look out for our regular communications via email which will be coming your way.