Physical activity is about moving your body which increases you heart rate, breathing and temperature. It can include a wide rang of activity including sport, exercise, dance, play, cycling, housework and gardening.
Being physically active is one of the most important factors in ensuring good health. Many people find that physical activity can help their mental wellbeing and alleviate stress as well as improve their sleep.
Regional Campaign and resources to support people to be physically active
Life Curve App
The LifeCurve app allows people to track their own activity levels day by day, and compare them to the expected levels for their age. It will also provide information about suitable activities at home and outside, and other ways to stay healthy and active.
Initiatives to encourage staff to walk or cycle to walk. Includes e-bike inductions, walking challenges and grants to aid low income workers to access cycles
Couch to 5k
NHS Couch to 5K will help you gradually work up towards running 5km in just 9 weeks Couch to 5K is a running plan for absolute beginners. The plan involves 3 runs a week, with a day of rest in between, and a different schedule for each of the 9 weeks.
The Active 10 app records every minute of walking you do (anonymously). Just pop your phone in your pocket and away you go! Brisk walking counts as exercise and just 10 minutes can improve your health and wellbeing. The App will help you complete 10 minutes of brisk walking everyday then gradually build up to multiple ‘Active 10s’.
Eat Well, Your Way is a new resource developed to help you take small manageable steps to eat healthier. It can be hard to choose healthier options this resource to help you do this in ways that suit you
Sleepio is a 6 week online course to aid sleep designed by sleep experts and designed on cognitive and behaviour techniques. Includes personalised sessions, sleep tracking and sleep optimisation plan
Ensuring women are supported with their needs in relation to menopause or pre-menstrual syndrome. This may be by raising awareness of options of treatment and access to Specialist services. – or specific advice within the workplace such as adjustment to shift pattern, adjustment to environmental temperature or an individual risk assessment if necessary.
Smoking is one of the biggest causes of death and illness in the UK contributing to over 50 different health conditions.
Stopping smoking is one of the best you will ever do for your health. It allows your lungs to repair and you will be able to breathe easier. Its also proven to boost your mental health and wellbeing too.
The Quit Your Way Service offers smokers throughout Dumfries and Galloway help in stopping smoking.
Alcohol is part of social life for many in Scotland, yet it can lead to short and long term effects on your body, lifestyle and your mental health.