Being active is really good for your body, mind and health - and there are lots of easy ways you and your family can get moving.
If you don’t do enough exercise, you increase your risk of getting heart disease and some types of cancer. Getting some exercise each day can also help prevent depression and dementia.
Active Southampton is a partnership of organisations who promote sport and physical activity across the whole city. There are many events to get involved with for people of all fitness levels. The popular Southampton parkrun takes place every Saturday morning at 09:00am on Southampton Common and health walks and charity events take place throughout the year at venues across the city. Follow the links below to find events and clubs near you and get involved.
Southampton Health Trainers is a free and confidential NHS service for adults over 18 years of age living in Southampton or registered with a Southampton GP available by self referral or via your GP or other health professional.
A Health Trainer will help you to identify lifestyle changes that you could make to be healthier, such as eating more healthily, becoming more physically active, cutting down on alcohol or dealing with stress. They offer practical support to help you set goals to make healthier choices. One-to-one support is offered for six sessions over a three month period. They also run Healthy Weight Loss Groups over an eight week period in various locations across the City.
One You Southampton - Move More
A great way to increase the amount of exercise you do is to make your everyday journeys more active. You could ditch the car in favour of a brisk walk or even start riding a bike to work. Many companies offer special discounts on new bicycles via the Cycle to Work scheme.
Whatever you choose, My Journey is here to help you find healthier alternatives to get from A to B. They also hold events and special walks where you can get active and meet new people at the same time.
Visit the My Journey website to find out more.
Saints Fans In Training - Case Study
Thirty seven year old Nigel Stone is a driving instructor from Southampton. He is living proof that a commitment to getting active can make a big difference to your health and wellbeing. He took part in a 12 week weight loss programme being piloted by Southampton City Council in partnership with the Saints Foundation through which volunteers benefit from group fitness classes with a qualified coach and guidance on healthy eating. Nigel said of his experience:
“I was enjoying my half time pie and beer at St Mary’s when I noticed the SFIT course flyers on the counter. I had been piling on the pounds due to the nature of my work, sat down all day, every day in a car and it was the perfect opportunity to do something about it. After the 12 weeks I lost 13.5kg (2st 2lbs) and have now lost a total of 16.8kg (2st 9lbs). I’ve also got more energy, enjoy more exercise and my fellow SFIT volunteers have become good friends.”