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Moving more

Being physically active can help you feel healthier and happier. Not only does exercise release chemicals in your brain that make you feel good, but physical activity boosts self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of mental health problems such as stress, depression and dementia.

Keeping active can also reduce your risk of physical illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer by up to 50%.

There are plenty of ways to get active in Coventry. You could try:

Managing your weight

Having a healthy weight is one reason why you may want to become more physically active. If you are overweight, the key to weight loss is often making realistic changes to both your diet and level of physical activity that can become a part of your daily routine. Evidence shows that the best way to lose weight is to make long-term changes to diet and physical activity that result in a steady rate of weight loss. Aim to lose weight at around 0.5kg to 1kg a week (1lb to 2lb), until you achieve a healthy BMI.

So, if you are keen to lose weight, as well as making use of advice around moving more you should try to eat well

If you think you need help, our Be Active Be Healthy service runs a number of initiatives to help you eat well, move more and manage you and your family’s weight.

Want to know more?

Reliable information to help you move more is available from:

You can also contact the Health Information Centre - based at the main entrance of University Hospital - for information on conditions, treatments, local and national support groups and much more. Call the centre on 024 7696 6051 or email

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