"If we had a pill that contained all the benefits of exercise it would be the most widely prescribed drug in the world..." Robert Davis, President of the American Medical Association.
Our bodies are designed for movement. Yet modern life has engineered everyday movement out of our daily routines, with signiﬁcant negative consequences to our general health.
The current and most widely recognised physical activity guidelines globally recommend that every week we should be doing at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity, such as cycling or brisk walking, and strength exercises on 2 or more days a week that work all the major muscles.
With a focus on reducing sedentary behaviour and moving more, Getting Active supports people to build activity into their daily lives in an appropriate and sustainable way. This structured education intervention helps them to think about the beneﬁts of different types of activity on their health, what stops them from being more active and how most of us need a bit of support to get going.
Participants develop essential skills to make sustainable changes and identify and discover local activity options. The programme complies with relevant NICE guidelines.
It is extremely ﬂexible and can be delivered as part of a Health Trainer service or community health and wellbeing strategy, or as a standalone intervention in leisure, community or workplace settings.
Getting Active comprises an initial assessment, with individualised goal-setting to maximise personalisation and tailored support, followed by 6-12 x ½ hour 1:1 sessions over three months. The delivery format can be ﬂexed in line with participant needs and can also accommodate varying local service models or budgetary constraints.
Coaches attend a one-day training (for those who have completed our two-day foundation training). Our resources include a manual for Coaches and a 36-page workbook, a pedometer and local ‘Step Challenge’ for participants.
The most widely recognised physical activity guidelines globally recommend that, as a minimum, we should be doing at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week.
With a focus on reducing sedentary behaviour and moving more, Getting Active supports people to build activity into their daily lives by exploring the health beneﬁts of different types of exercise, learning essential skills to make sustainable changes and discovering local activity opportunities.