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Get Active

Daily phyiscal activity is great for your health as well as your well-being.

Top Tips:

  1. Use your smart phone, or a fitness tracker/smart watch to record all your steps and activity. Motivate yourself to get more active through competing with others, or aiming to beat your own records!
  2. Try walking or cycling to work for one day a week and build up from there; did you know that incorporating exercise into your daily routine can be one of the easiest ways to get more active?
  3. If you drive to work why not try parking further away? This will allow you to boost your steps and daily activity!
  4. When you arrive at work, try taking the stairs instead of the lift – this will boost your daily steps and increase your heart rate contributing towards your recommended 30 mins of exercise a day.
  5. Walk or cycle for fun! As well as commuting, remember that walking or cycling can be a fun exercise to enjoy with your friends and family, and Scarborough benefits from some breath-taking scenic routes to explore.

For more information and ideas on how you can incorporate gentle exercise in to your daily routine:

Practical Tips to increase physical activity – For practical tips, tools and free apps to improve your lifestyle visit nhs.uk/oneyou

Fun ideas for activities – For fun ideas, recipes, top tips and activities for all the family visit nhs.uk/change4life

Your health matters greatly and in North Yorkshire there are many services that you can access for support and information.

Below is a useful summary of local and national health and wellbeing information for Harrogate:

Healthy Choices is a FREE 12 week programme for 4-19 year olds who are above a healthy weight. One of our healthy lifestyle advisors will work with you and your family for up to 12 weeks, delivering fun and interactive sessions on a whole range of different topics around nutrition, health and lifestyles. For more information click here.

Children’s Centres – You can find out where your nearest children’s centre is, plus what services they offer by visiting northyorks.gov.uk/childrens-centres

Local Health Services – To access more information on your local health services, including GP, urgent care, hospitals dentists, visit NHS Choices

Stopping smoking – Stopping smoking is the single most important thing you can do to improve your health and wellbeing. Free local support is availabe from Living Well Smokefree.

Information, advice and support – The North Yorkshire Community Directory contains local community information, advice and support. Find out more at northyorkshireconnect.org.uk