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Be Active… Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy; one that suits your level of mobility and fitness.

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You really do get a sense of wellbeing when you set a goal that is achievable.”

Michelle is a NHS Health Trainer in Canterbury, helping people to make positive lifestyle changes.   She works closely with you to work out what changes you want to make, map out a plan and offer encouragement so that you reach your goals.    “I’ve learnt since becoming a Health Trainer how important it is to set goals that are realistic and that also fit into individual people’s lifestyles.  I’ve seen how motivating it can be for people when they achieve these goals.”

So when Michelle entered Race for Life to raise money for Cancer Research UK she decided to set goals for herself:

Race for Life is a 5 km race. So what I had to do was to set myself a goal to train to do it in the first place.  So six months Be Active Six Ways to Wellbeing Michelle 2before I would set myself specific days.  When we’re setting specific targets, we will say, “What day are you going to do it? And for how long?”

“So I would incorporate it into my life.  I would do it on Monday for an hour before I did my paperwork.  And that would set me up for achieving my goal on a Monday morning, which is great.  It is really great to do exercise on a Monday morning! Then I would get back and do my admin and then it gave me a really good start to the day, because I’d get other things achieved as well. It fitted in with my life.”

If you set yourself targets, be realistic AND flexible. Michelle: 

“Each week I’d have to look at what I was doing, because sometimes we’d have a course coming up.  And I’ve got two small children, I’ve got other family and other things happen as well. So each week I’d review what I’d done and then look at the week ahead.  There were times when it wasn’t always possible. So I swap it to another day.”

Be Active Six Ways to Wellbeing Michelle“I think you really do get a sense of wellbeing when you set a goal that is achievable and possible within your life.  But a goal for one person might not be important to another. So it is all about the individual and applying it to each individual within their life and where they are.”

One activity, three ways to wellbeing. Just like that!

By taking part in Race for Life, Michelle was being active, and, by raising funds with a group of other mums, she was also ‘connecting’ and ‘giving’: you can find out more about Race For Life by following the link.

You can find out how Health Trainers support people across Kent here: http://www.kentcht.nhs.uk/home/our-services/health-trainers-kent


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Quicken the pace with Dolly Parton!

Kathy lives in Dartford and loves walking through the town, with Dolly Parton (and others) in tow.

You can discover more walks here in Kent by following this link: http://guidedwalks.kent.gov.uk/ or find a local health walk by following the link: www.walkingforhealth.org.uk

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We appreciate the peacefulness and the sounds of nature. The birds and the occasional sight of rabbits and foxes…

Eric is a volunteer Walk Leader. He takes you on Gentle Health Walks around Smarden. They’re ideal if you’re recovering from an illness or an operation or if you spend a lot of time indoors and want to stretch your legs a bit.

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It’s an opportunity to stroll gently for between 45 minutes and an hour.  Sometimes we have a two stage walk so people who want to go a bit sooner can peel off and the rest can go on.

We prefer to walk across the fields because you get lovely views. It’s typical English countryside and at different seasons it looks very pretty.  In the wet weather, when we can’t get across the ground because it’s too clayey and boggy, we just have to walk around the lanes. But as much as we can, we try to walk the fields and the ancient rights of way, which have been there for hundreds of years.

Interested in Health Walks  in East Kent?  http://www.kentcht.nhs.uk/home/our-services/healthy-weight-team-east-kent/health-walks-east-kent

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“It’s just the joy of the body being in motion, your muscles coming alive.”

David does the twenty mile commute from home to work (Whitstable to Margate) by bike.  Rain or shine. (He’s David Be Active Six Ways to Wellbeinga Project Officer, Workplaces, for Sustrans – a charity that encourages people to travel by foot, bike or public transport.)

“I sometimes wake up with a few nagging aches and pains, just from having slept. And then that is it. The body starts to get going.”

“Sometimes it’s very cold when I set out in the morning, but I warm up really quickly.  Then I can feel the blood pumping and oxygen is going to your brain. Then I start thinking; I’ll be problem-solving on the way to work. I’ve come to work and I’ve got a new angle on something. So I think I probably have some of my most enlightening and creative moments halfway through a bike ride when the blood is flowing.”

At the moment David is helping businesses in Thanet to rethink how they travel, cutting their costs through things like video conferencing, working on the move and replacing the car with a bike.  Find out more here: http://www.sustrans.org.uk/news/sustrans-supports-south-east-businesses-overcome-travel-costs

Sustrans is a national charity (www.sustrans.org.uk) which enables people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys that they make every day. If you want to find out more about David’s work  in East Kent, you can contact him at David.Robert@sustrans.org.uk.

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“They always say that if you make a fuss of a dog, your blood pressure drops slightly.”

A regular walk with his dogs makes all the difference to Simon’s wellbeing:

Is there a particular place in Kent where you enjoy walking?

In April and May we’re getting “Wild about Wellbeing”.  We’d love your stories on how getting out and about makes the difference to your mood.

Is it because of the exercise or because you get to see friends and your surroundings? (connect and take notice).

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‘I just love the buzz!’ Every few weeks Kevin gets together with some mates in Dartford to have a friendly match. Nothing formal it’s just for fun:

Juan is another of the players and friends from Healthy Living Centre Dartford.

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‘I’ve been doing sport since I was six years old. With football, it’s the adrenalin. It helps me to relax, takes my stress away and I have a good time. I get really involved. It’s a way to escape!’ 


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Cara’s from Newington and when she wants a bit of a break she spends time with her family….

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Kathy lives in Dartford:

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“One daughter texts me quite frequently. The other one’s recently bought a tablet and discovered Twitter!

So we all tweet one another and she tweeted that she’d found these different things. One of them was “Dancing at your Desk”.

She said, “I’m busting some really good moves here!” I said, “I’m doing it as well, on the sofa!” And my younger daughter said, “Yeah, I’m doing it at my desk.” And then there was nobody to see me, but they both had people and they said, “We are getting funny looks!”

Here are some more ways of being active:

  • Go for a walk at lunchtime
  • Take the stairs instead of the lift
  • Take your children to the park and play a few ballgames/have a kick about
  • Find a parking spot that is a brisk 10 minute walk away from the shops
  • Go for a bike ride and explore your local area
  • Do a good spring clean
  • Put on your favourite song and dance to it
  • Organise an informal sports session for work colleagues
  • Have a go at jogging on the spot when the kettle is boiling
  • Learn to do some stretches and practise for 10 minutes every day
  • Help a friend or neighbour with the gardening
  • Try an introductory session at a sports centre

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