Adults, including those pregnant should aim to be moderately active (slightly out of breath) for 150 minutes a week. Children should be active for at least an hour every day. However active you currently are, small increases will have a positive impact.
Tips to help you move more
Get into a good habit
Set a reminder on your alarm or timer on your phone to get up and move every 30 minutes during the day. Try stretching during TV ad breaks or pacing around the kitchen while the kettle's boiling.
Leave for lunch
Lunchtime is a good opportunity to fit in some activity. Take a break to stretch and unwind, or even fit in a quick 10-minute home workout.
Your own stand-up routine
Try standing when you can instead of sitting - even short periods will add up and improve your strength.
Take up a hobby
Active hobbies like gardening or DIY can be great for your mind as well as your body.
Track your progress
Hitting your daily target will feel great! Using tracking apps can help, but even just a checklist on a piece of paper will do.
It's better together
If your friends and family want to be more active too, try engaging everyone's competitive side with activity challenges like seeing who can do the most steps in a day.
Go from strength to strength
Strength-building activities like carrying heavy grocery bags, or following an online pilates or strength workout video help to keep muscles, joints and bones strong. Aim to do this at least twice a week.
Set yourself activity goals and rewards. You could go for a long walk then treat yourself to an episode of your favourite TV show.
Find something you enjoy
Not sure where to start? Give one of the offers below a go to find something that's right for you, or try searching for an online programme. Whether it's running, yoga or simply dancing around your living room, it all counts.
Walking provides an easy and cheap way to keep active.
The Walk Redbridge brochure is designed to make it as easy as possible for you to start leisure walking. It gives bus routes to the walks’ starting points and grades each walk depending on the type of terrain.