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Ribble Valley Borough Council

Fitness for Life

Exercising for your health


There are many benefits to becoming more active, these include:

  • Reduced risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
  • A reduction in the risk factors for heart disease including high blood pressure and high cholesterol
  • Reduced risk of developing type II diabetes
  • Helps with weight management
  • Helps to reduce the risk of developing some cancers
  • Helps with many orthoepedic problems

Overall, being active gives yoou more strength and energy to cope with everyday life. Sometimes, people would like to become more active or take up exercise, but don't know where to start. Here are some tips to get you going:

Type - Choose an activity that you enjoy and is convenient. Walking, swimming, home exercise and using the gym are all popular.
How often? - Adults should try to accumulate at least 30 minutes of moderate activity on at least five days of the week. This can be done all at once or split into shorter bouts e.g three lots of ten minutes
How intense? - Moderate activity means breathing slightly harder and becoming warmer than normal.


Safe Practice

  • Start slowly and build up gradually.
  • Stop exercising immediately if you begin to feel any pain, nausea, or generally unwell
  • Consult your GP if you are in any doubt about your ability to exercise
  • Speak to your fitness advisor if you have any change in health status or if you change any of your medication