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Keeping active

Keeping active is great for your body and your mind, from playing footie to trying to walk to school everyday. Take our quick quiz and discover which activities would really suit you.

Why is exercise so good?

Stay fit and healthy

This in turn helps you feel good about your body.

It can be fun!

You just need to find the right exercise for you.

Develop new skills

Learn a new sport and make new friends.

It releases endorphins

There are ‘happy chemicals’ which help make you feel good.

Find the right exercise for you

There’s loads of ways to get your 60 minutes exercise. Not just straightforward walking, but team sports, yoga and even adrenaline sports and martial arts training. Take our quiz to discover which activities would really suit you.

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Do you prefer to exercise alone or as part of a team?

Do you enjoy getting really sweaty or moving at your own pace

Do you enjoy exercising indoors or outdoors?

Exercise routines

Routines featuring high-energy exercises are the perfect way to get active in your own home. Or dance around to a great soundtrack until you’re sweaty!

Go for a run

Running is ideal for working up a sweat. Pick a safe place such as a school sports field and try the NHS ‘Couch to 5k’ plan to get started.

Yoga or Pilates

Yoga or pilates are the perfect way to warm up your muscles and get flexible. All you need is a mat. Check out our beginners guide below.

Go for a walk

Walking is a great way to exercise, or try speed walking, power walking or walking your dog with your music playing to really get your heart rate up.

Outdoors and exciting

Try an exciting activity such as army-style commando training or athletics as part of a safe and regulated team, or join a local sports group.

Indoor team sports

Join an indoor 5-a-side football, netball, hockey or basketball team, or try a group class such as martial arts or weight training for a fun way to stay fit.

Yoga or pilates

A yoga or pilates class is a great place to start, or you could try gymnastics or dance classes for a fun way to exercise with your friends.

Outdoor sports

Pick a sport where you can move at your own pace, such as tennis, badminton or rock climbing, so you can exercise with friends of a similar fitness level.

Everyday exercises

In your everyday life there are some activities which can be swapped for more active options. Swipe the items below to see how you can become more active.

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Driving or getting the bus

Sometimes you need to get the bus, but there are other options that can help you to move more.

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There are other ways to get around!

It can be fun to travel on a bike or a skateboard instead of relying on public transport.

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Lazy lunchtimes

Used to sitting inside at lunchtime or not moving about much?

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Active lunchtimes

Instead could you play a game of footie or netball or go for a walk?

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Playing computer games

Watching TV or playing computer games can be a good way to relax but they don’t help you to move much!

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Exercise can still be relaxing

Why not try a quick 30 minute blast of exercise, such as a walk, a bike ride or yoga?

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Sneaky shortcuts

It’s easy to get the lift or to sit down on the bus but could you be moving more?

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Keep active

Take the stairs, choose a further bus stop or stand up on the bus!

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Boring evenings and dull weekends

It can get boring sitting inside watching TV or milling around the house.

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Plan some activities!

Head to the park and get your family and friends involved! You could try dog walking, a treasure hunt or a big team game of rounders or basketball.

Just remember, everything counts! Even getting off the bus a couple of stops early when you’re going into town. If you choose a sport you love, whether that’s martial arts or gymnastics, it shouldn’t feel like a chore. And afterwards, you’ll feel great.

Overcoming exercise fear

Serious question, are you worried about exercising? Is something stopping you, or you’re not sure where to begin? Here we’ve tackled some issues that you might be having and asked our experts for advice on getting past them…

"I hate being sweaty"

What about exercising at home where you can quickly jump in the shower? Or try gentle exercise like yoga or walking – everything counts.

“I’m worried everyone will laugh at me”

Build your confidence by exercising at home first, then join a beginners’ team of like-minded people, so you can all make a start together

"I’m too jiggly and unfit, there’s no point"

If you already feel unfit, it’s actually the perfect time to start. Try a more relaxed activity such as yoga or walking first. Start slow and you’ll soon make progress

“My friends won’t join me so I’m on my own”

You could join a beginners’ sports team, where everyone’s starting from scratch. It’s a great way to develop new skills and make new friends

"I don't like how I look when I exercise"

Let’s get real here, exercise isn’t the most glamorous activity. You might sweat, your face might get red and there definitely isn’t an Instagram filter involved!

But who cares?

The most important thing to remember is, you’re exercising for you. The more you exercise, the more you enjoy the way you look – because you know that sweat and a red face mean you’ve been working really hard…

which means you’re going to feel great – inside and out.

For more inspiration, visit the This Girl Can website which is a celebration of active girls and women all over the country. Discover new activities and read real-life stories from girls and women just like you.

Don’t be embarrassed. Don’t ‘forget your gym kit’ or feel ashamed about how you look. Feel proud of your body and embrace what it can do. Get started today!

Still unsure or have a question? Try speaking to your sports teacher at school or download this factsheet from the NHS website for more information.

Ready to start exercising?

Just a few small changes will help you feel happier and healthier every day.

Remember, you’re aiming for 60 minutes of activity every day. That’s four 15 minute slots, which you can fill-up with any sport or activity – from walking to school to games lessons or joining a sports club. Don’t worry if you don’t get 60 minutes every day – it’s just important to try your best, because then you’ll feel even better.

There’s lots of local activities to get involved in!

Sports clubs in Leeds

Find sports clubs in Leeds and your local area and find out how you can take part.

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Cycle Leeds

Cycle Leeds has bike training courses for everyone, so you can learn how to ride safely in your local area.

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GO TRI is for everyone. They offer sessions, to give you a try of a triathalon, no matter your level! Find a swim, bike or run session or take part in your very first multisport event.

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LGBT sports

Find loads of information on sports clubs for anyone who identifies as LGBT. Join up, meet new friends and get active.

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Disability Sport

If you’re disabled, this page has plenty of information about sports clubs and events in Leeds for you to get involved in.

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Leeds Let’s Get Active

Find FREE sports sessions in your local area, including gym and swim sessions. You can register and find out more about cycle and dance sessions too.

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Discover loads of unusual activities in your local area, from junior bootcamp classes to capoeira (a Brazilian form of martial arts and music).

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Breeze Active

The Breeze Active website has loads of information about sports and activities in Leeds, including lessons and sports club searches.

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