Jan-Feb 2018

Healthy Peterborough

Get moving now

It is estimated in the UK that one out of every six early deaths results from not being physically active. 


Physical inactivity costs the NHS £900 million per year and if other costs such as social care are taken into account, this rises to £7.4 billion per year.

It's easy to move more and doing something is better than nothing. Start small and build up gradually – just 10 minutes at a time can be really good for you.  Make a start today. It's never too late.

By building activity into your day it keeps your heart healthy, reduces your risk of serious illness and strengthens muscles and bones. It can also be a great way of reducing your stress levels and lifting your mood if you’re feeling down. Our busy lives often means our own health is at the bottom of our list of priorities, but remember that it’s important to take time to look after yourself as not only will you feel the benefits but so will your family.  Get your heart beating faster and your lungs working harder for at least 10 minutes at a time.

Take the free online One You health quiz, to get personalised recommendations on how to start the fight back to a healthier you. Check out your score and see what tools and offers One You suggests to help you change.  Being active is all about having fun. If we don’t enjoy it, we won’t keep it up, and we all deserve to spend some time doing something we enjoy.

10 minute workouts
Short on time? Hate the gym? Too tired to exercise after work? These 10-minute workouts are just what you need. These equipment-free fitness routines are great to do at home and short enough for you to easily fit them into your daily schedule. There are six workouts, one for every day of the week if you include a rest day, each working on a different area of your fitness. 

10,000 steps challenge
Walking more, whether it's for work or leisure, is an easy way of being more active without trying too hard. Setting yourself a target of walking 10,000 steps a day can be a fun way of increasing the amount of physical activity you do. Sometimes overlooked as a form of exercise, walking can help you build stamina, burn excess calories and give you a healthier heart.

12-week fitness plan
Want to improve your health? Need to lose weight? This activity plan for beginners, combining running and strength and flexibility workouts, will get you into the habit of regular exercise in 12 weeks.  The plan is structured but flexible enough to allow you to fit the exercise sessions around your other weekly commitments.

Fitness Studio exercise classes
Take your pick from among 20 instructor-led videos in our aerobics, strength and resistance, pilates and yoga categories. No gym fees, no intimidating group classes, no timetables: exercise from the comfort of your own home whenever you want.

Gym-free workouts
Put the fun back into fitness with these equipment-free workouts for all levels.  These illustrated guides are designed to help make your workouts effective and easy to follow. 

Couch to 5k
The NHS Couch to 5K plan is designed to get you off the couch and gradually work you up to running 5K or for half an hour, in just nine weeks.

5 minute wake-up workout
Start your day feeling on top of the world with this five-minute bedroom workout combining strength and flexibility exercises.

Perkins Great Eastern Run 5k or half marathon
If you’re really keen, Peterborough hosts the Perkins Great Eastern Run in October each year and it is one of the fastest growing half marathons in the country. It also has a 5k fun run. 


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