Getting into shape comes in 10s!

Thursday 13 July 2017

 

Milton Keynes Council’s public health team is encouraging people of all ages to get moving this summer, and make the most of various activities – with the help of a free app from Public Health England.

For families with children, the 10 Minute Shake-Ups – a series of games and activities using popular Disney favourites from films such as Moana, Frozen and Cars 3 to get children moving around and exercising – starts again on Monday 17 July.

Shake-Ups are a brilliant way to keep the kids active over the summer with free, fun activity ideas. There's plenty to choose from, with more Shake Ups arriving each week, and there’s an activity for every eventuality – including inside activities, such as challenges you can do at your local swimming pool.

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.

Visit the Change 4 Life website (www.nhs.uk/10-minute-shake-up/) or search ‘10 Minute Shake Ups’ online to find lots of exciting Disney inspired 10 Minute Shake Up games and make this a non-stop summer of fun and activity.

Public Health England has also 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.

A regular 10 minute brisk walk can make you feel better in so many ways. It can boost your energy, clear your head and lift your mood.  It can help people with lower back pain and those at risk of high blood pressure.

It’s also seriously good for your long-term health – it can reduce your risk of serious illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. The app encourages you to start with a 10 minute brisk walk a day and then see if you can gradually build up to more.

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.

Cllr Hannah O’Neill, Cabinet member responsible for Healthier and Stronger Communities, said: “Anything that encourages us all to move around more, literally shaking ourselves up, has got to be a good thing.

“Exercise is a ‘win-win’ – not only improving physical fitness and activity levels but also helping with mental well-being.”