With the beginning of a new year, what better time to start looking after your health and become more active. This could be anything from joining the gym, walking a little more, being active with the family or simply just using the stairs.
Did you know that adults should aim to be active daily by doing 150minutes, moderate intensity activity each week or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity such as running? This can be broken down into 10 minute stints, so can easily be built into your lunch break for example.
Children and young people should be vigorously active for 1 hour each day.
Increasing your physical activity can contribute to the prevention and management of many conditions and diseases including heart disease, diabetes and cancer. It can also help to maintain a healthy weight and increase energy levels.
As well as the physical benefits, being active can help your mental wellbeing by reducing the risk of depression and anxiety whilst boosting self-esteem.
Parkrun has arrived in Boston
Parkrun is a FREE, weekly, 5km timed run that is open to all ages and abilities. The run takes place at Witham Way Country Park, Tattershall Road, Boston, every Saturday morning at 9.00am.
Thanks to the support of fantastic volunteers, runners are able to participate in the event and have fun every step of the way.
If you would like to find out more about participating or volunteering at future events, please use the link to the right of this page to the Boston Parkrun website.
5k seem a long way?
If you are new to running and not sure whether or not this distance is suitable for you, then why not build up to it gradually using the Couch to 5K initiative.
Taking up running can seem like a scary prospect, especially if you feel out of shape or unfit. However, regular running can help reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and strokes, boost your mood and keep your weight under control.
The NHS Couch to 5K is a free nine-week running plan for people who want to be more active. It's perfect if you're new to running - the plan is all about starting slowly and building up gradually. Anyone can start Couch to 5K - you don't need to be fit! So if you have been thinking about running but not sure where to start then use the link to the right of this page to the Couch to 5k website for more information or to download the app.
Alternatively, United in the Community (UITC) are running a Couch to 5k challenge starting on Tuesday 19th January, 6.30-7.30pm for eight weeks to help people get more active. For more information use the link to the right of this page to the UITC Couch to 5k website or call Imogen Dawson on 01205 311655.
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