The best way to get to a healthy weight (or keep it as we get older) is to eat a healthy diet and increase the amount of physical activity you do.
It is recommended that adults do at least 30 minutes of moderate activity on most days. If this seems too much don't worry, because breaking your activity down will work just as well, e.g. 10 minutes, three times a day.
Moderate activity means anything that makes your heart and lungs work a little harder than usual, such as brisk walking, gardening or housework.
Support in Redbridge
Here are some activities and programmes in Redbridge that can help.
Active4Life- initiative to help residents become more active by offering activities all year round such as the Healthy Lifestyle Programme, Community Fit Club, Walking for Health, Sport in Parks and much more. Some sessions are pay as you go or free
Exercise referral scheme- Redbridge residents who are 16 years and over, not active and whose medical condition would benefit from physical activity, can get their GP or practice nurse to refer them to this scheme. Speak to your GP or practice nurse.
Cycling- There are three cycling circuits in Redbridge at Loxford Park, Goodmayes Park and Forest Road Playing Fields and there is also the Redbridge Cycling centre.
Age UK Redbridge, Barking and Havering- run classes and groups such as zumba exercise, chair based yoga and chair exercise at the Allan Burgess Centre in Wanstead.
Being overweight can put your health at risk
Losing just 5-10% of your weight (about 5-10kg or 11-22lbs) can make a big difference. It can help improve your blood sugar levels, cholesterol andblood pressure, as well as reduce back and joint pain, shortness of breath and risk of developing heart disease, stroke and cancer.
A good way to check if you're a healthy weight is to use the Body Mass Index (BMI). Use theNHS BMI calculator on this page to see if you would benefit from losing a few pounds.