Increasing your activity can seem daunting, or impossible to fit into your day, but these pages will guide you through how you can do it.
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If you’re unsure about your ability, it might be wise to start gradually and build up. Take a look at the UK Chief Medical Officer’s (CMO’s) Physical Activity Guidelines when determining the level of activity appropriate for you.
Make sure you warm up and cool down to prevent injury, and make sure you keep hydrated.
Stop the exercises immediately if you feel faint or unwell, and if you still feel dizzy or unwell, have a rest. Next time try something less strenuous, building up your activity gradually.
Make sure your workout area is safe and free of obstacles before exercising.
Supervise any young children taking part.
If you’re pregnant, the CMO’s advice is to start gradually if you weren’t active prior to pregnancy. And if you were, then to keep going but listen to your body and adapt. Staying active during pregnancy helps with mood, sleep and reduces the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and weight gain. The CMO recommends 150 minutes or more of moderate intensity physical activity a week – with every activity and minute counting. The NHS has also produced guidance about getting active during pregnancy.