What's it all about?
Health professional's have began prescribing patients with advice on how to be more physically active. So, instead of going to your GP and being given a handful of pills, you may be prescribed to go outside on a weekly group walk or get involved in a local conservation project.
There are a lot of benefits to be outside in green spaces. It's shown to decrease tension, stress and depression, lower blood pressure and help improve the immune system. Now a day, we spend most of our time staring at screens - TVs, tablets, mobiles - which are all sedentary activities. It's important to put electronics down and enjoy the fresh air. Why not get off the bus a stop early and walk a little? Or skip the lift, take the stairs! Get your blood flowing and your heart beat pumping.
To make sure you don't fall back into old habits, make the exercise fun and sociable. Go for a walk and end it with a cup of tea at the end or a pint! Get your friends and family involved and motivate each other to go out for countryside walks or, for your next family outing, why not go skating or play a football game? Try making exercise a fun part of your life, not a chore or an add-on.