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%. Advice on being more physically active can be found on the Healthy Lifestyle Service website [].

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 about moving more you should try to eat well. []

Need help? Healthy Lifestyles Coventry [] provides advice and coaching for people who want to manage their weight better. For more details call 0800 122 3780, visit their website or email []. HLS Coventry is based at 2nd Floor, John Sinclair House, Canal Basin, Coventry CV1 4LY

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