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'Weigh to go'.......Get Active

This week is the great British week of Sport and our 'Weigh to go group' are focussing on getting active. Over the weeks we have all been building up our steps with most of us managing over 10,000 a day now. There are lots of free walking apps available

There are lots of other apps to help increase your activity levels even if you haven't been active in a long time or have a disability , although we would always suggest you check with your doctor before starting a new regime if you are worried .

Why not try the strength and flex exercise plan or 10 minute workouts from the NHS, or if you are feeling brave what about the Couch to 5k app that aims to get you running 5K in 9 weeks! Let us know how you get on.

If you need a bit of moral support to get active why not join our 'Weigh to go' group its free to join and we are all there to support each other. Just phone Fran on 07743687053 or email

Here are some tips from the British Heart Foundation to help you get moving:

9 simple tips to move more

  1. Get into a good habit Set a reminder (you could use the 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.

  2. Leave for lunch Go get some fresh air and take the chance to unwind at the same time.

  3. Your own stand-up routine Try standing when you can instead of sitting – even short periods will add up and improve your strength.

  4. Take up a hobby Active hobbies like gardening or DIY can be great for your mind as well as your body.

  5. 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.

  6. It's better together Do something active with friends and family – why not grab a coffee and take a walk around the park?

  7. Go from strength to strength Strength-building activities – like carrying heavy shopping bags, the gym or yoga – keep muscles, joints and bones strong. Aim to do this at least twice a week.

  8. Reward yourself Set yourself activity goals and rewards. You could go for a long walk then treat yourself to an episode of your favourite TV show!

  9. Find something you enjoy Check your local leisure centre for classes and activities.

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