Welcome to Active Bucks – a service specifically for Buckinghamshire that aims to help you to be more active by providing somewhere that you can search for activities near you!
There are hundreds of activities listed across Bucks you can choose from, so you will be able to find an activity at a date, time and location that suits you.
Search for physical activity options near you
Reasons to be more active
You might have lots of reasons for getting active – maybe you want to get back in shape, relieve stress, improve your mood or have some time for yourself.
Remember, we all have to start somewhere so start with small, achievable activities and gradually build up. With exercise, some is good, more is better! Aim to sit less and move more and you will soon start to feel the benefits in both your physical and mental health.
Being more active can:
- improve your sleep
- clear your mind
- boost your energy
- help with back or joint pain
- reduce your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, dementia, Alzheimer's disease and some cancers.
Make a start today – it's never too late!
Our 5 tips for staying active
- Buddy up with someone in your household or online to make workouts more fun and stay motivated
- Build activity into your daily routine
- Find the activity or exercise that works for you
- Start slowly and build your activity level gradually
- Stay hydrated and eat a balanced diet
Live Well Stay Well
Live Well Stay Well is a free service that has already helped thousands of people in Buckinghamshire. If you want to receive further, personalised support and learn more about other small changes you can make towards a healthier you, check out Live Well Stay Well!
Mental health and wellbeing
It's important to take care of your mental health. Being more active can help with this, but there are lots of other things to consider.
Every Mind Matters has put together some useful tips to help with your mental wellbeing while at home. The mental health charity, Mind, has also put together advice and information on coronavirus and wellbeing.
Some ideas to look after your mental wellbeing:
- Gardening can help tackle depression, stress and anxiety
- Practice relaxation and mindfulness to boost your mood
- Follow an NHS Yoga Workout
- Try a mindful breathing exercise from Every Mind Matters
- Read hints and tips on mindfulness from the NHS
- Look to the future and plan walks or cycles routes
NHS recommended helplines:
- Big White Wall online community for people who are anxious, down or not coping
- The Campaign Against Living Miserably helpline and webchat
- The Samaritans helpline is available 24 hours a day for anyone who's struggling to cope. Call 116 123
- The Sane Charity helpline is available from 6pm to 11pm every evening to offer support and information for anyone affected by mental illness. Call 0300 304 7000
- Shout offer a 24 hour text service for anyone struggling to cope and in need of immediate help