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Physical activity: applying All Our Health
"If physical activity were a drug, we would refer to it as a miracle cure, due to the great many illnesses it can prevent and help treat." 1
In Surrey almost one in five people - 190,000 adults - are classified as wholly ‘inactive’, meaning they do less than 30 minutes of physical activity per week. There is a strong evidence base that being physically active can prevent or manage more than 20 chronic conditions and diseases:
In general, the more time spent being physically active, the greater the health benefits. However, the gains are especially significant for those currently doing the lowest levels of activity (fewer than 30 minutes per week).
Physical activity is not just ‘exercise’ or sport. Being active could involve travelling to work, household chores, or things we do just for fun. When people make being active a part of their everyday lives it is more likely to be sustained.
There is increasing evidence that sitting down too much can also be a health risk. Sitting for long periods is thought to slow the metabolism, which affects the body's ability to regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and break down body fat2.
Nearly a third of people spend more than 6 hours sitting every day. The Chief Medical Officers’ Guidelines recommend breaking up long periods of sitting time with at least light activity. This can include standing on the train or bus, taking the stairs, setting a reminder to get up every 30 minutes, walking around while on the phone or standing up and moving during TV advert breaks.
On this page you will find training, resources and signposting to help you encourage the adults you support to become more active.
6 December 10am - 11am
This online training covers the importance and benefits to all adults of being active, shares national guidelines and tips, positive conversation skills, free national resources and local signposting opportunities. This session is relevant to anyone working with adults in a resident facing role in a professional or voluntary capacity.
All healthcare professionals
3 e-learning modules plus a self-assessment (around 1 hour)
These sessions cover the importance of physical activity, the health benefits and detailed guidelines and definitions.
3 online e-learning sessions plus an optional session and toolkit.
MECC means having the competence and confidence to deliver health and wellbeing messages, to help encourage people to change their behaviour and to direct them to local services that can support them.
6 posters for health and community settings to help educate and remind Surrey residents of the health benefits of moving more. Images for use on digital screens are also available to download.
Please contact Active Surrey to request printed versions of these posters (A3 or A4 size).
Print ready poster
Image for digital screens
Print ready posters for local signposting
It is recommended that adults do 150 minutes of activity and two strength building exercises a week.
Flyer from Moving Medicine including top tips to get people active"
The go-to source for trusted information about being physically active. Find video workouts including adapted exercises, cardio, strength & balance, and yoga. Plus advice, fitness plans, and printable pages.
These resources are designed by older people for older people. Find a set of fun 10-minute routines that can fit easily into someone's day. Tune in online - listen or watch.
Free, easy to use app for absolute beginners. Use Couch to 5k to build up to a 5k run and Active 10 to track and increase brisk walking. Designed to support and motivate every step of the way.
These great resources are to support people with long-term health conditions become more active. Find inspiring stories, practical advice, a video playlist, planner, and online chatbot.
Find something to suit everyone with Sport England's online resource library. Plus discover an online activity timetable, the most recent government advice, and top tips for getting started.
Supporting women to stay active throughout pregnancy and beyond, by providing expertise and advice and changing culture. FREE downloadable resources packed with advice and tips to guide you through your pregnancy journey.
The Virtual Village Hall is an online activity hub and community, designed to help people stay physically and mentally active, connected and having fun. Sessions are led by expert tutors and some well-known faces and require very little space or equipment.
Surrey residents can access free lifestyle support from One You Surrey service. That includes weight loss, stopping smoking, and more. Access via phone or online.
Join Surrey's Walking for Health groups for free volunteer led walks near you. Walks vary in distance and length, from 30 minutes to longer walks. Everyone is welcome on these friendly and sociable walks.
Start exploring local care and support in your area to help you stay independent, healthy and connected to your community.
All Boroughs in Surrey have dedicated Sports Development Officers (SDO). Their role is to enable residents to lead healthier and happy lifestyles. Get in contact with your local Borough Council to find out more information about what is happening near you!
Visiting a local park, nature reserve or woodland is a great way to get outdoors and active. Enjoy the sights and surroundings of Surrey. Find out what is available through each Borough and District Leisure pages.
Being active is vital for children. The NHS recommends children are active for an average of at least 60 minutes a day. Being active as a whole family is a great way to spend quality time together, whilst having lots of fun.
Beginners' exercise classes online and in locations across Surrey - includes Old Dean in Camberley, Bellfields Green in Guildford, Sandy Hill in Farnham and Court Recreation Ground in Epsom. Always for free.
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1. UK CMO Physical Activity Guidelines, Sept 2019
2. Why we should sit less - NHS (www.nhs.uk)