Physical activity: where do I begin?

We understand when it comes to moving more there is no one size fits all solution. That’s why it is about finding something that works for you, at the right time, the right place and ultimately what makes you feel good.

The Chief Medical Officer has produced some handy one page information sheets on the recommended amounts of physical activity we should be doing on a weekly basis. Please remember these are guidelines and some activity is better than none, so starting somewhere is better than not at all.

To help you on your journey to a more physically active lifestyle this page contains links to useful physical activity resources and local information.

Walking for health

The simplest way to start moving could be a walk. This could be simply for pleasure and some quiet time on your own or with a friend, or for a purpose like getting to work or school, or to pick essentials up from the local shop.

Not sure where to go walking? There are over 50 maps of walks in North Lincolnshire available to download on our tourism website. They range in length from two miles to three and a half miles. Some longer, 10 mile routes are also available.

Alternatively, you might like the appeal of walking as part of a group with leaders to guide the way. North Lincolnshire is lucky to have an excellent walking for health programme that does just that. Details of their current programme of FREE led local walks can be found Walking for Health website.

Couch to 5K

Couch to 5K is a running plan for absolute beginners. The plan involves three runs per week with a day of rest in between. Don’t panic, you are not running from session one. You start with lots of walk-jog-walk patterns, building up to jogging over the nine week programme. An app is available to help you manage the programme.

Park Run

Fancy a walk, jog or run in one of our local parks? Join one of the Park Runs; a five kilometre timed walk, jog or run that happen across the country at 9am every Saturday morning.

We are really proud and grateful to the army of volunteers that organise the two Park Runs in North Lincolnshire; Central Park, Scunthorpe and Normanby Hall. Visit their Park Run pages to register or just head to the venue one Saturday morning 9am to see what it’s all about. It really is a sight to behold – people of all ages, abilities, some with push chairs and dogs enjoying our beautiful parks whilst getting fit.

North Lincolnshire has some lovely, quiet country lanes for cycling. In our busier areas, we have a network of cycle lanes, including the completely traffic-free Scunthorpe Ridgeway, a six mile route from Burringham in the south to Lodge Lane in the north. Maps of suggested routes are available on our cycling page.

We also have an active programme of Guided Rides and Breeze Rides (women only). These are free bike rides, led by friendly British Cycling trained Ride Leaders and are aimed at different levels from new starters to regular cyclists. For more information and to find a local ride visit Let’s Ride website or Facebook; Breeze Network – North Lincs and Guided Rides North Lincs.

North Lincolnshire has a vibrant sport and physical activity scene, details of specific sports clubs can be found on the relevant governing body website.

Visit one of North Lincolnshire’s seven leisure centres, providing a range of exercise, fitness and sports activities for adults and children.

Living with a long-term condition

If you have a long-term conditions, we understand you might not feel up to being active every day and you may be worried about doing more harm than good. However, you can start small, and you don’t have to get moving when you don’t feel up to it. Ultimately, being active is about finding what works for you. There is a wealth of information out there to support people living with a long-term condition to become more physically active.

North Lincolnshire Healthy Lifestyle Service

The North Lincolnshire Healthy Lifestyle Service can support you to improve your health in a number of ways including becoming more physically active, losing weight, eating healthily and stopping smoking. Contact the service for more information.

We Are Undefeatable website

The We Are Undefeatable website is also a great place to start. It includes a range of information including the #weareundefeatable timetable of local physical activity sessions.

Lacking inspiration?

Not sure what you fancy doing to be active? Try taking the BBC Get inspired what sport you should be playing quiz.