First steps to being active

Know you need to be more active but don't know where to start?

Being active keeps your heart healthy, reduces your risk of serious illness and strengthens muscles and bones. It can also be a great way of reducing your stress levels and lifting your mood.

Working, studying and caring for others can mean there isn’t much free time, but being active doesn’t have to be about pumping iron or running for miles, there are lots of different ways to be more active, below you’ll find some ideas to get you started.

Join an organised activity session
From beginner Running groups to Badminton, Netball, Rowing or Aerobics sessions, there are a variety of sessions taking place across the county. And you don’t have to be an athlete to join in; many sessions are designed for beginners or people returning to activity and ease you in gradually.

We’re recently finished developing our new activity search function – you’ll see the search boxes at the top of every page on this site, and you can use them to search for activity sessions and sports clubs near you. Because the search is still quite new, we’re still working to get information uploaded to it. We hope you find something you’d like to try but if not, please e-mail the team and we’ll try to help you find the right session or club for you.

Be active outdoors
Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes has some stunning countryside and parkland, if you enjoy fresh air and being outside then there are loads of options to be more active.

From walking and cycling routes to organised runs you can be active outdoors and explore many of the counties areas of outstanding natural beauty.

Be active at work
The Workplace Challenge is a great way to build activity into or around your working day.  With an element of fun competition to get the banter flowing with work colleagues, follow the link to the right to find out more.

You could always choose an activity which does you and the planet good – why not walk, run or cycle to work? For more information and advice on how to travel more cheaply, healthily and cleanly.