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Physical activity to keep you healthy

Get Active

No matter how old you are, introducing regular physical activity into your daily life can improve your overall health, ease stress and improve sleep!  

The NHS recommends that adults and older people should aim to do at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise

If you are new to exercising, the NHS choices website has a digital Fitness Studio with some helpful instructor led videos, covering aerobics, strength and resistance, pilates, and yoga.

The NHS website also has a BMI (body mass index) calculator which can help you find out if you're a healthy weight. You can also use it to check your child's BMI.

Don't forget to always consult your GP or healthcare professional before beginning any exercise or diet programme.

 

Join our online activities - Healthy Lifestyles Programme

Other activities available:
Keeping active during lockdown (PDF, 336KB) 

Exercise on referral

Our Exercise on referral programme is for people aged 18 and over, living in Barking and Dagenham and who have one of the following conditions:

  • cancer
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (a group of lung diseases)
  • diabetes type I or II controlled
  • hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol)
  • hypertension
  • mild to moderate depression
  • osteoporosis
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • stress or anxiety

Throughout the 12 week programme, you'll work closely with one of our lifestyle coaches on increasing your physical activity levels, making some lifestyle changes and improving your health.

Once you have finished the programme you will be eligible for a discounted leisure centre membership to help continue with your healthy lifestyle journey.

Referrals to the Exercise on referral Programme are made by GP’s and other Health Practitioners

 

Young at Heart

Our Young at Heart programme for Barking and Dagenham residents over the age of 60, to improve mental and physical wellbeing. 

Sessions are available seven days a week at a variety of times and include:

  • zumba gold
  • bingo
  • line dancing
  • tai chi
  • arts and craft

For £52 per year residents can access a range of social and active sessions across the borough in leisure centres and Active Age centres including:

Non residents can also become members to the community programme (excluding leisure centre access) for more information complete the sign up form
 

Sign up for our programme

Street Tag

You could also participate in Street Tag which allows residents to record their distance walked, ran or cycled by scanning virtual tags with their smartphone at various locations. 

Work as a team or on your own to cover the miles and miles across the borough walking to school and work or going to the park as a family, gaining points along the way, climbing up the leaderboard to win prizes.

You can also receive bonus points by borrowing a book from one of the boroughs libraries, or by visiting installations during different arts festivals throughout the year.

 

 

Health walks

Walking is a great first step for people of all ages who do little or no exercise and who want to be more physically active. It is low cost and doesn’t require any special clothes or equipment. 

Regular walking can reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers. Additionally, it strengthens your bones and muscles, helps you to burn calories and can help to reduce stress.

Walking in a group is a great way to start walking, make new friends and to stay motivated. Our programmes will be designed to help you to gradually walk faster and to go further over time. We will help you to keep track of your progress with a walking journal; recording the date, time, and distance to help you get the maximum health benefits.

A new programme of regular walks will be coming this year when we are able to get out and about more in groups – watch this space for more information.

 

Eat Well, Live Well, Feel Good (ELF)

For adults living in Barking and Dagenham with a learning disability, we have Eat Well, Live Well and Feel Great (ELF), which aims to increase physical health and wellbeing through physical activity and healthy eating sessions.

This service aims to help people with learning disability to:

  • achieve a sustainable weight loss
  • reduce further weight gain
  • get into a regular healthy eating pattern
  • learn portion control and reduce overeating
  • become more physically active
  • learn new long-term healthy lifestyle skills

Contact us

Healthy Lifestyles Team
Tel: 020 8724 8018
Email: healthy.lifestyles@lbbd.gov.uk

Cycling

By choosing to cycle some of your local journeys to school, work, or the shops, you can easily integrate gentle exercise into your daily routine.

The council offers free cycling training to anyone who lives, works or studies in the borough.

Cycling in the borough