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Here is the fortnightly Get Active column by Fenland District Council physical activity coordinator Hettie West.

Physical activity is massively beneficial and important, regardless of age.

Dependant upon age, the recommended weekly physical activity guidelines change as follows (NHS):

You're never too old for physical activity
You're never too old for physical activity
  • Children from age five to 18 should aim for at least 60 minutes of moderate/ vigorous intensity physical activity per day across the week;
  • Adults should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity per week or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity per week, spread across a number of days
  • Older adults should aim to be active every day, even if very lightly, including strength-building exercises at least twice per week incorporated into a total of 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity activity per week.

The NHS website has a wide array of resources to find an activity suitable for you, in order to support you in reaching your recommended physical activity guidelines.

Reaching these guidelines will inevitably benefit you physically, but also mentally, with research showing improved self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and reduced low mood, anxiety and stress following exercise.

Here at Active Fenland, we provide lots of opportunities to get active in one way or another. A class we have recently started, called Forever Fit, is aimed at anybody looking to try a range of activities out each week whilst making friends over tea and coffee following the class.

Attending this class once a week will tick off 60 of your active minutes for the week, and hopefully you’ll have a lot of fun whilst doing it. This takes place weekly at the Hudson Leisure Centre in Wisbech on Tuesdays at 11.30am, no need to book – just turn up.

Our walking netball has also just restarted in both Wisbech (Hudson Leisure Centre, Thursday 9.30am) and Whittlesey (Whittlesey Indoor Bowls Complex, Wednesdays 9.30am).

These sessions both

incorporate netball but with no running or jumping involved, reducing the impact and speed of the game – perfect for any older adults, adults looking to improve fitness gradually, or adults returning from an injury, to get involved in.

Our timetable of activities can be found on the Active Fenland website or follow @ActiveFenland to keep up to date with everything we’ve got going on.

Contact activefenlandbookings@fenland.gov.uk for any queries.

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