Set a step target
Most smart phones have step counters, why not start using yours? If you're not very active, increase your walking distance gradually. No one expects the recommended 10,000 steps on the first day!
Little things all add up
Perhaps you could:
- park further away
- get off the bus one stop earlier and walk the rest
- take the stairs not the lift
Plan fun and enjoyable ways to be active
If possible, involve your friends and family so you all benefit and they can help you to stay on track.
Challenging myths about getting active
Being active does not have to take a lot of extra time
It is recommended that adults do 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week.
The good news is that you don’t need to do long period of activity in one go. Try doing 10 minutes of brisk walking, 3 times a day for 5 days. Incorporate activities into your daily routine like taking the stairs, suggest walk and talk catch-ups with friends, mow the lawn – it all counts towards your active minutes.
You're never too old to get fit
You're never too old to get active and improve your health. As we get older it becomes even more important to remain active if you want to stay healthy and maintain your independence.
If you do not stay active, things you enjoy doing now may start to become harder, like gardening, playing with grandchildren or meeting up with friends.
For further information please see our physical activity for older people page.
It does not have to be expensive
Being active doesn't need to cost anything. Walking is a great way to be more active and it is free. Check out some local walking routes.
There are also lots of free or low costs local activities and sessions available across Staffordshire to help you get active. You could use Staffordshire Conencts to find something that suits you.
Apps that can help!
There are an increasing number of health and wellbeing apps available. We are making it easier to help you find apps that can help you to stay healthy and well. Below are some of the top rated apps for exercise. You can also search a range of health and wellbeing apps across different areas, such as, stopping smoking, improving your mental wellbeing, keeping active and managing health conditions.
How the rating works?
Working in partnership with Staffordshire County Council, Orcha help indicate whether an app appears to be safe and of value across a number of rated areas. Any score below 65% would indicate that an App has some issues that users should investigate further prior to using this App. Scores below 45% indicate that an App has considerable issues or challenges and in its current form is potentially unhelpful or unsafe.
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