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Walking

Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active. As little as 10 minutes brisk walking can count towards your overall active minutes.

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Gentle exercises

If you haven’t done exercise for a while or you have reduced mobility due to a long-term condition or disability, gentle exercises offer a way of getting started with activity again.

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Activities at home

You don’t need to spend lots of money or go somewhere to keep active – there are lots of options you can do at home.

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Activities with the person you care for

Taking part in physical activity with the person or people you care for can be a good way to support everyone’s health, build your relationship and have fun!

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Strengthening activities

Doing strengthening activities for short periods of time regularly, gradually increasing the repetition can help your quality of life as well as supporting you stay strong and fit to carry on caring.

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Dancing

Dancing is a great way to stay active – you pick the music, the dance style and if you want a partner or to go solo instead.

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Cycling

Cycling is a low-impact exercise, meaning it's easier on your joints compared to high-impact aerobic activities like running.

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Group classes

If you’re looking to combine your physical activity with meeting other people, group classes can be a great option to support your health as well as build a community.

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Yoga

Yoga is a form of exercise that originated in India about 5,000 years ago. It focuses on movements which increase strength and flexibility alongside breathing.

Evidence suggests that yoga can enhance muscular strength and body flexibility, promote and improve respiratory and cardiovascular function, reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain, improve sleep patterns, and enhance overall well-being and quality of life.

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