Keeping active

Being active

Our lifestyles also mean that we may be less active than we should be. We probably watch too much TV or sit at our computer, laptops, tablets and phones playing games, or using social media, which means we may not be getting enough exercise and we may need to get moving more.

Visit the Change 4 Life website for lots of tips on how you and your family can get more active, or visit the NHS Choices website that can help you to eat healthily, lose weight  and get more active.

How much exercise do I need?


Adults should aim to do around 150 minutes of physical activity a week. This does not need to be done all at once and can be broken down to 30 minute sessions, 5 times a week. Walking, swimming, cycling, gardening, DIY and housework all count – you don’t need to join a gym:

Physical activity guidelines for adults (external website).

Children and young people

It is recommended that children and young people do at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day:

Physical activity guidelines for children under 5 (external website).

Physical activity guidelines for young people (external website).

Links to help and support in being more active

Use the following links for more help and support in having a physically active lifestyle.

ABL Health is the Lancashire County Council commissioned organisation that provides a range of FREE weight management programmes for patients who are resident in Preston, Chorley and South Ribble.

There are various, completely free and easy accessible programmes delivered at numerous sites across Central Lancashire. More information can be found by visiting the Central Lancs page on the ABL Health website.