Away from the sofa

Ahh, sofa, how we love thee. Unfortunately, too much time spent on it is not good for us. And no matter how slowly you run, or how many times you fall off your bike, by doing those things you’re still being kinder to your body than watching yet another box set from the comfort of your favourite chair.

Research shows that physical activity can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%. So it’s really important that you find something you like doing to get you off that sofa.

Getting active doesn’t have to mean going to the gym every day (though if that’s your thing, then it certainly can). There are lots of ways you can live a more active life. Gardening, walking, playing with your kids or even dancing in your living room are easy ways to get more active.

According to new research published by the British Heart Foundation National Centre (BHFNC), nearly two thirds (62.3%) of adults do not know the physical activity guidelines.

Current recommendations in the UK advise adults to accumulate 150 minutes  of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) per week, yet only 25.5% of people in Essex report to achieve these levels of physical activity.  Click here for some great tips on how to get your 150 minutes.