BLMK gets people moving

Thursday, 17th August, 2017

BLMK partner organisations are encouraging people of all ages to get moving this summer, with a host of activities and a free app from Public Health England.

The campaign is part of a coordinated approach to improving the health and wellbeing of local people across Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes and Luton as part of the Sustainability Transformation Plan (STP).

One initiative for families with children is the 10 Minute Shake Ups programme, which offers a host of Disney-themed activities online that encourages children to exercise 10 minutes at a time. The activities include both indoor and outdoor exercise and are designed to encourage children to get the required hour of exercise a day as helping them to build social skills, boost self-confidence and mental wellbeing, and improve bone and heart health.

Children need 60 minutes of exercise a day, so each 10 minute burst of activity will help them reach the daily goal. As well as burning energy, being active helps children to build social skills, boost self-confidence and mental wellbeing, and improve bone and heart health.

The shake up activities are available at www.nhs.uk/10-minute-shake-up/.

For the adults, Public Health England has launched an app designed to help busy adults fit 10 to 30 minutes of exercise into their day. The free Active 10 app tracks how many minutes a day you walk at a brisk pace all you need is 10 minutes to get started. Brisk walking is simply walking faster than usual, at a pace that gets your heart pumping.

The free app is available for both android and iPhone – search for ‘Active 10’ in your app store or alternatively you can find out more about the programme by searching for ‘Active 10’ online.