The most important person in managing your health and wellbeing is you! Physiotherapists are committed to helping people of all ages and abilities live active and healthy lives. There are many lifestyle choices that affect your health and wellbeing and this page will help you make informed choices.
As Physiotherapists we are enthusiastic about taking part in regular physical activity and exercise.
Physical activity has many recognised mental and physical health benefits, including managing stress, weight loss and lowering your risk of Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and musculoskeletal pains.
For adults the national guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity exercise.
The useful video below explains why it is important to be active.
23 and 1/2 Hours Video
How much should I do?
This diagram illustrates the optimum mix of physical activity for adults and older adults. Note that there is a larger version available by clicking the link below.
Keeping active and healthy
Have a look at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) Keeping Active and healthy resource pages. There are useful guides for keeping active whether that is at home, at work or as you get older.
More useful information from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) relating to long term conditions such as Arthritis, Chronic pain diabetes, stroke and cancer and how being active can be beneficial to their management.
Versus Arthritis are a community providing support for people with arthritis across the UK. They support world class research and breakthrough treatments. The website has lots of information regarding osteoarthritis and other common musculoskeletal condition. We have linked some common conditions below.