Jan-Feb 2018

Healthy Peterborough

Build strength

Building your strength helps keep your muscles, bones and joints strong. This will help you feel stronger, more flexible and full of energy.

Muscle strength is necessary for all daily movement, to build and maintain strong bones, to regulate blood sugar and blood pressure and to help maintain a healthy weight. 

To achieve health benefits from strength exercises, you should do them to the point where you struggle to complete another repetition. 

There are many ways you can strengthen your muscles, whether it's at home or in the gym such as carrying groceries, stepping and jumping such as dancing, heavy gardening such as digging or shovelling and exercises such as push-ups, sit-ups or lifting weights. 

Watersports and outdoor activities provide great strength-building exercises for people of all ages, and you can try lots of thee type of activities at Ferry Meadows Country Park.  Ferry Meadows also has lakes, meadows, woodlands and a riverside that make it a popular destination for many visitors throughout the year for relaxing walks as well as cycle routes.

The Strength and Flex exercise 5-week plan consists of a series of equipment-free exercises designed to improve your strength and flexibility. Strength and Flex will help you achieve your recommended two weekly sessions of strength exercises.


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Healthy Peterborough is led by:
  • Peterborough City Council
  • Peterborough Pharmacies
  • Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust