New app launched to get people walking
‘One You’ campaign encourages adults across the country to get more active by building just 10 minutes of brisk walking into their daily lives.
Modern day life makes it hard to be healthy, so it’s not surprising that most of us are not fitting enough physical activity into our days.
Sitting down at work and commuting by car or public transport means we’re not active for a lot of the working day and technology allows us to shop and stay in touch without ever having to leave the sofa.
However, walking ‘briskly’ at a pace that gets your heart pumping for 10 minutes can make a real difference to your health – it can make you feel better by reducing stress, improving sleep and increasing your sense of wellbeing.
Activity should be built up gradually, starting with just 10 minutes and then increased to more bursts of activity throughout the day. Over time, increasing physical activity can help to lower the risk of serious illnesses such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Public Health England’s One You campaign is encouraging adults to start improving their health by walking briskly for 10 minutes each day and to help; people are being encouraged to download the ‘Active 10’ app.
This free app shows how much brisk walking you’re doing, when you can increase your pace and how you can fit more activity into your day. It also sets goals and provides hints and tips to keep you going and has been endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).
Cllr Maureen McLaughlin, executive board member for public health and wellbeing, said: “The new Active Warrington strategy – ‘Let’s Get Moving’, aims to ensure that as many people as possible are able to be more active, more often and reap the benefits that physical activity brings for themselves, their families and their communities. This could be achieved, for example, by walking, cycling, gardening or spending more time outdoors at a local park.
The ‘Active 10’ app is a great tool to get you started and helps set achievable goals to gradually build up your activity. You can start small and build up steadily at a pace that works for you while making positive steps to improve your health and overall wellbeing.”
Over 100,000 people have already downloaded the app and are on their way to a healthier lifestyle, so why not join them? Search ‘Active 10’ online to find out more.