It is recommended that young people aim to be active for at least one hour per day. You don't have to spend all your free time working out though - walking to school or college, riding your bike or playing football in the park all count too!
There are lots of reasons why we should all try and keep as active as possible. If you pick the right type of exercise for you it can be really enjoyable and is a good way to meet new people and make friends. Plus, many people find that exercising is a good stress-buster - perfect for when you need a break from coursework or revision.
As well as making you feel good, regular exercise can also help keep you looking fit and healthy.
Benefits to you - Besides being fun and social, playing sports can help:
-make you stronger, more supple and improve your stamina
-lose or maintain your body weight and improve your body image
-Boost confidence and self-esteem
-Meet new people, have fun, feel part of a team
-Find something you're good at
How fit are you? - This tool will help you find out how fit you really are: NHS - Fitness self assessment test
LIVING SPORT is the organisation responsible for delivering sport and physical activities in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Their aim is to make sure people can play and enjoy sport at any level. They work with lots of different organisations across the county and support sports clubs to make sure young people like you have access to safe sport and physical activity.
LIVING SPORT delivers a number of projects to help you get involved in sport and physical activity. Sportivate is a brand new project to get young people aged 14 to 25 years old who don't do much much sport, involved in weekly coaching sessions. These sessions could range from american football to cheerleading, from dancing to sailing.
To find out about projects happening around you, you can contact LIVING SPORT'S Sportivate Coordinator Ross on 01487 849915 or visit your local leisure centre.
If you're already interested in a sport and would like to join a club visit the LIVING SPORT club database or go to Cambridgeshire.net to find a club in your area.
Change4Life is a nationwide campaign to help people eat better, move more and live longer. By joining Change4Life, you will receive loads of ideas for games and healthy-living tips to help you and your family be more active and live longer.
Some of the initiatives launched by Change4Life include:
-MoreActive4Life: get active through walking, running, rowing and swimming
-Swim4Life: get down to your local swimming pool and have fun in the water by playing great games
-Bike4Life: bike to school or go out on an adventure
-Dance4Life: get active through dancing
-5 A DAY: don't forget to eat 5 fruit and veg a day.
More information - You can find out more information about keeping active and staying fit and healthy on these web pages:
If you're looking for a local sports club or want to know if an activity is available in your area, why not search our database of things to do in Cambridgeshire? Plus, if you are a member of a club which isn't already listed, you can sign up and spread the word about your activities.