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Physical Activity

Physical activity can be defined as any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that require energy expenditure. Physical activity includes all forms of activity such as everyday walking or cycling, work-related activity, active recreation (such as working out in a gym), dancing, gardening, playing active games and organised competitive sport.

Useful resources

Support for NHS Colleagues

Doing our Bit:

#DoingOurBit is a FREE online platform for NHS colleagues -containing a collection of fitness videos and advice on hydration and practical bite-sized tips for managing the menopause:
Website: www.fit4thefight.org/nhs-welcome

The Invictus Games

The Invictus Games Foundation has collaborated with the NHS to provide guidance on how to support the physical, mental, and social wellbeing during the Covid19 pandemic. This includes a series of podcasts that reflect on a variety of themes designed to help inspire and support.
Website: www.england.nhs.uk/supporting-our-nhs-people/support-now/physical-health-and-wellbeing

Workstation Workout – Avon Occupational Health – Physio Direct Service

Desk based at work or home? Ensure you get out of the office/home for a walk in your breaks and try workstation exercises to prevent of relieve muscular discomfort. Try this exercise circuit designed by physiotherapists to get you moving.
Website: https://youtu.be/qVWggWXfFQw

Support for NHS and non-NHS colleagues and members of the public

Physical activity guidelines for adults

Adults should do some type of physical activity every day. Exercise just once or twice a week can reduce the risk of heart disease or stroke. Find out the recommended government guidelines and ideas for incorpotat8ing physical activity into your daily routine.
Website: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise

Better Health

The NHS Better Health website offers a range of tools, tips and special offers to help us to move more every day. Features include:

Couch to 5K running programme for absolute beginners.
Active 10 app – records every minute of walking you do (anonymously).
Home work out videos.
Website: www.nhs.uk/better-health/get-active

Living Streets

Walking is free, flexible and fun, and proven to have a huge impact on your wellbeing. We’ve put together 20 tips to help you fit 20 minutes of walking into your day.
Website: www.livingstreets.org.uk/what-you-can-do/nwm-tips

Walking Routes

Walking is simple, free, and one of the easiest ways to get more active and become healthier. Check out the local information and maps across the locality.

Bristol: https://visitbristol.co.uk/things-to-do/sports-and-adventure/walking
North Somerset: https://www.visitsomerset.co.uk/things-to-do/activities/walking/
South Gloucestershire: https://oneyou.southglos.gov.uk/for-your-body/move-more/walking

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