What is Active4Health?
Active4Health is an initiative which provides information and support for local people who are looking to become more active and improve their overall health and wellbeing.
Who is it for?
It help brings together people who may have become inactive through ill-health, age-related conditions or who have never enjoyed formal exercise or sport with local exercise and activity providers.
The online Health Shropshire directory provides information to public and patients on suitable exercise opportunities that can be matched to individuals needs, wants and level of experience. It also provides a simple to use search facility to enable people to find appropriate exercise classes in their local community in Shropshire and put them in direct contact with those providers.
While a lot of people like an exercise regime to stick to, exercise doesn't have to be formal, strict or boring. There are a lot of activities that people can take part in that are fun and enjoyable and can easily be tailored to an individuals level of experience, and the Health Shropshire directory helps people to find these services.
Physical inactivity contributes to the development of more than 20 chronic conditions and diseases - so being active can help to prevent and treat more than 20 chronic diseases including: coronary heart disease, obesity, diabetes, certain cancers, osteoporosis and can aid mental health and wellbeing.
Whilst the directory can be used by anyone who feels that they do not get enough exercise, groups that are being particularly encouraged to use the site are Members of the public looking for opportunities to become more active in their local area.
This is all about helping people to identify local exercise and activity options that fit in with their lifestyle and provide them with the confidence to take a first step to becoming more active,
If you have any health worries you may wish to consult your GP before starting to exercise. If you have concerns about your health and exercising you should always inform your exercise instructor.
Where do I find the Healthy Shropshire Directory?
To search for Active4Health activities please use the Healthy Shropshire directory on the right hand side of the page.
If you would like further information, please consult the 'helpful links' section on this page.
Getting started is easier than you think. Changing a few daily habits can soon add up to a more active lifestyle.
Adults need to be active for at least 150 minutes each week. Try to be active every day.
Did you know that you burn the same amount of calories if you walk a mile as you do to run a mile?
Being active can help you sleep better, have more energy and feel more relaxed.
It's never too late to start. Whatever your age, being active will help you keep healthy.
You can expect to see short-term benefits within weeks of starting to be more active.
The more physical activity you do, the greater the benefit.
Physical activity can help prevent and manage a variety of health conditions and improve how you look and feel on a daily basis.
Sitting down for hours - at work, watching TV or playing on the computer increases your risk of poor health.
The benefits of physical activity far outweigh the risks of getting hurt, so doing a little is far better than doing nothing.
Move more, sit less. Sitting for long periods is not good for health so build in breaks when you stand or move.
Walking is the perfect exercise: it's free, convenient and easy!
Physical inactivity is a major health risk and one of the main causes of ill health in the UK.
You burn 50 more calories an hour when standing than when sitting.
Finding ways to reduce time you spend sitting can be your first step to being more active.
The potential benefits of physical activity to health are huge. If a medication existed that had a similar effect, it would be regarded as a wonder drug or miracle cure.
Chief Medical Officer, 2009
The more active or fit you are the lower your risk of heart disease.
Almost 8 out of 10 adults believe they are active enough to benefit their health, but the truth is only 4 out of 10 men and 3 out of 10 women are active enough.
Spending too much time sitting puts your health at risk.