Benefits of being physically active

Being active regularly can reduce your risk of major illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer. There are so many health benefits of being active regularly and it can boost your self esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy.

For most people the easiest way to get moving is to make activity part of every day life such as walking or cycling instead of using the car. However, the more you do the better, and the better you will feel.

"If exercise were a pill it would be one of the most cost effective drugs ever invented" - Dr Nick Cavill


Having a brief healthy conversation

Ask

Use open discovery questions to make the most of conversations by recognising an opportunity to discuss health and wellbeing.

This could be 'How much physical activity do you do at the moment?' or based upon something that you've just been talking about such as - 'How have you traveled here today?'

Acknowledge

Acknowledge the response by using healthy conversation skills such as active listening, reflecting or showing empathy. This will allow for a joint understanding of the support a person needs.

Act

Take appropriate action to either give information, signpost to a local service or refer them yourself. Remember that the solution must be person centered and they must want to change.


Local support

Across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland there are services in place to support individuals to increase the amount of physical activity they do.


Useful resources

Health benefits of exercise and physical activity guidelines - www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/exercise-health-benefits/

Kickstart your health with Better Health - www.nhs.uk/better-health/?WT.mc_ID=Google&