What can you do?
10 tips to help you start and stay active:
- Make physical activity a priority
- Find a physical activity that you enjoy
- Choose an activity that you can do regularly
- Meet a friend to be active with
- Do it just for fun
- Make physical activity part of your everyday life
- Make family time physical activity time
- Build physical activity into your routine chores
- Think about the other health benefits of physical activity
- Check out your local community or leisure centre
Now that you have thought about ways of getting physically active, let's create
your road map for adding physical activity to your days. Following these three steps:
- Step 1: What is your goal? Set up short-term goals, like walking 10 minutes a day,
three days a week, and try to build up to at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity
physical activity on most days of the week or, preferably, every day of the week.
Track your progress by writing down your goals and what you have done each day,
including the type of activity and how long you spent doing it.
- Step 2: Do you need to see your GP? If you are a man over the age of 40 or a woman
over the age of 50, or have a chronic health problem (such as heart disease, high
blood pressure or obesity) you should talk to your GP before starting a physical
You do not need to speak to your GP before starting an activity
- Step 3: How will physical activity fit into your life? Think about answers to the
following four questions. Your answers will be your road map to your physical activity
What physical activities will you do?
When will you be physically active?
who will remind you to get off the couch?
When will you start your physical activity
Where can you do it?
Within the many sports centres, community centres
and community halls around Falkirk, there are many opportunities to take part in
regular physical activity, on both a formal or informal basis. There's something
for everyone, for all ages and all abilities.
Alternatively, you may wish to be active outdoors, in one of the many
parks within Falkirk. Parks are some of the most accessible and socially
inclusive facilities available and there are 91 parks in the Falkirk area.
Health & Fitness Officer