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Sport and Exercise

To stay healthy or to improve health, young people need to do 3 types of physical activity each week - aerobic and exercises to strengthen bones and muscles.

You should try to do:

At least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, which should range between moderate activity like walking to school, cycling and playground activities and vigorous activity like gymnastics, football, running and tennis. This can help you build strong muscles and bones and can improve your mental wellbeing and increase levels of self-esteem.

For more information on the sort of exercise you should do, how regularly and for how long, visit NHS Choices: Physical activity guidelines for children and young people

One Life Suffolk
One Life Suffolk is the county’s free healthy lifestyle service. They provide free information and practical support to help local people become healthier. If you want help to stop smoking, lose weight, become more active or improve your diet, they can help you make the changes needed to improve the way you feel now and your future health and happiness.

Suffolk Sport

Find sports and activities near you with Suffolk Sport
There’s a page for every sport you can think of on the internet and most of them are available in Suffolk – pick a sport – do a search and join up!

Are you interested in joining a gym?

Many gyms do offer a discounted price for young people/students. You are often best contacting your local gym directly and asking if they offer reduced rate membership to young people. They are used to answering these kind of questions so don’t be afraid to ask!

You could try:

Get running with Couch to 5K

NHS Couch to 5K is a free running plan developed to help absolute beginners get into running. The plan involves three runs per week, with a day of rest in between, with a different schedule for each of the nine weeks.

Sports for disabled young people

Let's Play! Sports for disabled young people have sessions running at different times and venues across the county. For more information visit www.letsplay-it.co.uk
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