The "silent killer"

Over the decades, people have become less active partly because the role of technology in our daily lives. We have washing machines, transport and machines.  Food comes from the shop more often than the vegetable plot – and it might even be delivered to your door via online shopping. 

Research shows that many adults spend over 7 hours a day sitting down - at work, on transport or watching TV or a computer screen. People aged over 65 spend 10 hours or more each day sitting or lying down, making them the most sedentary age group. The Department of Health describe inactivity as a "silent killer". 

Our team can support you to increase your levels of physical activity, taking into account of your current state of health and general circumstances.

How we can support you

We support you one-to-one, helping you find ways of becoming more active to suit you and your lifestyle. Together we set goals and monitor activity levels using diaries. We work with you to develop a plan that will keep you active. We can also refer you to local leisure centres and local activity groups.

Health benefits of physical activity

Having good levels of physical activity carries a wealth of benefits. From the physical such as reduction in health risks and improved wellbeing, to the financial such as saving on transport costs. 

It's medically proven that people who do regular physical activity have:

  • up to 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
  • up to 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes
  • up to 50% lower risk of colon cancer
  • up to 20% lower risk of breast cancer  
  • a 30% lower risk of early death
  • up to 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis
  • up to 68% lower risk of hip fracture
  • a 30% lower risk of falls (among older adults)
  • up to 30% lower risk of depression
  • up to 30% lower risk of dementia

How much activity should I do?

People aged 19-64 should aim to be active daily, adding up to at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity

activity per week. Adults should also undertake weight bearing physical activity, at least two days per week, to improve muscle strength and bone health.             

People between the age of 5 to 18 should be active daily, aiming for an average of at least 60 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a day. Young people should also take part in a variety of types and intensities of physical activity across the week. This helps develop movement skills, muscles and bones. Aim to spread activity throughout the day and remember all activity should make you breathe faster and feel warmer.

#KeepingActiveAtHome campaign

Active Essex are promoting lots of good hints and tips to stay active during the pandemic, this includes a range of videos that you can do at home.

With an easy colour-coded timetable, you will be able to see what activities are going on to suit your needs. And if you miss a session, no problem - check back later and it will be saved to their channel.


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