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Keeping Active

It is recommended that young people aim to be active for at least one hour per day. You don't have to spend all your free time working out though - walking to school, college or work, riding your bike or playing football in the park all count too!

There are lots of reasons why we should all try and keep as active as possible. If you pick the right type of exercise for you it can be really enjoyable and is a good way to meet new people and make friends. Plus, many people find that exercising is a good stress-buster - perfect for when you need a break from coursework or revision.

As well as making you feel good, regular exercise can also help keep you looking fit and healthy.

Benefits to you - Besides being fun and social, playing sports can help:

-Prevent illness
-Make you stronger, more supple and improve your stamina
-Lose or maintain your body weight and improve your body image
-Boost confidence and self-esteem
-Meet new people, have fun, feel part of a team
-Find something you're good at

How fit are you? - This tool will help you find out how fit you really are: NHS - Fitness self assessment test

Change4Life is a nationwide campaign to help people eat better, move more and live longer. By joining Change4Life, you will receive loads of ideas for games and healthy-living tips, and a free welcome pack to help you and your family be more active and live longer.

Some of the initiatives launched by Change4Life include:

-MoreActive4Life: get active through walking, running, rowing and swimming
-Swim4Life: get down to your local swimming pool and have fun in the water by playing great games
-Bike4Life: bike to school or go out on an adventure
-Dance4Life: get active through dancing
-5 A DAY: don't forget to eat 5 fruit and veg a day.

Visit the Change4Life website to get your free pack!