Plymouth City Council is supporting a new drive to encourage local adults to build more physical activity into their lives by simply walking briskly for at least ten continuous minutes every day.
A daily brisk 10 minute walk can make people feel better, more energetic and improve their mood. Over time it can also help lower the risk of serious illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
To get residents motivated, we are running a series of short walks from locations around Plymouth. In addition, people are being encouraged to download a free mobile phone app Active 10 which shows how much brisk walking a person does throughout the day, and provides tips and encouragement on how to fit ten minute bursts of brisk walking into your day.
Councillor Lynda Bowyer, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care for Plymouth City Council, said: “Plymouth is a wonderful place to be active with so much green space and our wonderful waterfront. The organised walks and the ‘One You’ free Active 10 app are fantastic. We hope this will help people be active each day and see the benefits.
Dr Ruth Harrell from Plymouth City Council’s public health team said: “Moderate intensity physical activity every day, including ten continuous minutes of brisk walking, can lower the risk of serious illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. There are also numerous other benefits including increased physical fitness, improved mood, improved quality of life, increased physical leanness and healthier weight.”
The Active 10 app helps participants stay active by congratulating them for each 10 minutes of brisk exercise they do, as well as encouraging them to stay active daily and achieve goals.
Janice Potter Head of Health Improvement at Livewell Southwest said;
“The wellbeing team will be running a number of active 10 walks across the city, and I encourage people to join us for a brisk breath of fresh air. Whether you’re pushing a pram or walking to the bus stop, picking up the pace for 10 minutes can give your heart and lungs a really good workout. Walking for 10 minutes is achievable for most people, which makes it easier to fit into a busy life, whether it’s a lunch break, shopping trip or a school run, it’s just about being active for 10 minutes”