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If you're not as active as you should be you are putting your health and quality of life at risk.

To stay healthy or to improve health, you need to do two types of physical activity each week: aerobic and strength exercises. 

Adults should aim to get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week, which is 30 minutes each day. Moderate activity can be any activity that gets you out of breath and lasts at least 10 minutes at a time. Moderate activity will raise your heart rate, and make you breathe faster and feel warmer. One way to tell if you're working at a moderate level is if you can still talk, but you can't sing the words to a song. 

Plus, you should aim to do strengthening and balance exercises at least 2 days a week.

There are a number of sections on this page that feature information and ideas about staying healthy and maintaing fitness. Here you can find further advice and information about exercise.

Where to start

If you're new to being active, why not try walking and building this into your daily routine, so you'll be more likely to keep it up. Walk briskly so your heart beats faster and your lungs work harder. For a list of free, organised local walks please visit Wolverhampton Walking for Health.

Here you will find out information about WV Active leisure centres.

Or why not try something from the British Heart Foundation. Here you can find lots of other examples of recommended home workouts videos.

Tools to help you

Here you will find out information to help identify how much exercise you should do.

Active 10 App: The Active 10 app shows how much brisk walking an individual is currently doing and helps to show people how they can fit a ten-minute brisk walk into their day.
Right for you if: you have a smartphone and want to get more active gradually, wherever you are.

Couch to 5K App: Designed to get just about anyone off the couch and running 5km in nine weeks
Right for you if: you have a smartphone and want to get more active gradually, wherever you are.

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