Physical activity

Starting to exercise or increase your physical activity is easier than you think. We all need exercise as it is vital for good health. Some of us make excuses such as ´I´m too tired´, ´I´ve no time´, ´exercise is boring´, ´I´ve no one to do it with´.

Physical activity reduces the risk of:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Osteoporosis
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Increased activity can also help you manage your weight and makes you feel good about yourself. Moderate physical exercise makes you breathe heavier than normal but it doesn´t have to be an intensive work out.  Begin gradually and progress at your own speed building up to 30 minutes per day to at least 5 days per week.

Try a number of activities then decide which you like best as this will help keep you motivated. Walking, jogging, swimming, cycling, home DVD exercise, dancing and tennis all can be fun.

Tips on getting started:

  • Take the stairs instead of the lift
  • Walk to the local shop or post office instead of driving
  • Join a class or group in your area and take a friend along for support
  • Do more physical activity in your leisure time (days off/weekend) and don´t allow it to become a chore
  • Be active around the house and break up sitting periods at least every 30 minutes
  • Go for a walk in your lunch break.  Try out ´Highway to Health´, the designated walk for staff and visitors in the Antrim and Whiteabbey hospitals sites, and nearby at Causeway and Braid Valley.

For further information and advice, please refer to our physical activity section.

Page last updated:08 February 2013