Importance of Being Physically Active
Being physically active is an important part of everyone's daily lifestyle; early years, children and young people, adults, and older people - Everyone needs to stay active throughout their lives to help remain healthier in future.
Being regularly active has a huge range of benefits, which can soon make an improvement to a person's quality of life. It helps to maintain a healthy heart, control weight, have more energy, sleep better, socialise and make friends, reduce stress and anxiety, and prevent ill health in later life from illnesses such as type II diabetes, CHD, hypertension, and some cancers.
Physical activity is any activity that raises your heart rate, makes you feel warmer, and shortens your breath. It is recommended for adults to complete 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate physical activity per week, one way to achieve this is by doing 30 minutes of activity on five days of the week. It doesn't all have to be done at once though; you can build your activity up throughout the day! Children over 5's need to be active for at least 60 minutes everyday.
The recommended physical activity guidelines have recently been updated to include specific guidance for under 5's and over 65's, to find out more about these recommendations please visit NHS Choice's Health and Fitness pages.
Get Active - For a Healthier Happier Dartford
Get Active aims to help make achieving your everyday dose of physical activity as easy and fun as possible through a variety of activities. There is an activity to suit you whatever your age or ability.
Get Active supports Change4Life. In order to maintain a healthy weight we need to eat better, and move more to help us live healthier and longer lives. Visit the Change4Life website or call 0300123 4567 for more information.
Get Active in your Community
Going to the gym isn't for everyone, that's why Get Active is offering sessions in local community venues to make being active as easy and accessible as possible for local residents. All classes are suitable for beginners
Get Active Outside
The popular outdoor green gym equipment based in Central Park is a FREE and accessible way to get more active in a natural environment
Get Active for Health
Dartford Health Walks is an accredited Walking for Health scheme
Healthy Living Centre Dartford has a number of new schemes starting over the next couple of months to help you
Being physically active is one of the best things you can do to keep your heart healthy in the long term
Local Leisure Providers
Pop into your local leisure centre or visit their website to see the wide range of activities on offer for all ages and abilities