App of the week: Active 10

One You campaign promoting brisk walking

The One You campaign aims to highlight the health and wellbeing benefits of doing at least ten continuous minutes of brisk walking every day.

A daily brisk ten-minute walk can make you feel better in so many ways. It can boost your energy, clear your head and lift your mood. It also raises your heart rate and can go some way towards lowering your risk of serious illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia and some cancers. It can also reduce the risk of early death.

Evidence has demonstrated the following health benefits from a brisk 10 minute walk everyday:

  • Increased physical fitness
  • Greater ease of performance of everyday physical activities
  • Improved mood
  • Improved quality of life
  • Increased physical leanness and healthier weight.

Active 10 app

Active 10 is inclusive for all ages. Incorporating a ten-minute brisk walk, or more, into daily life is just one example of a small change that can have a big impact, particularly for those that struggle to fit any physical activity or exercise into their daily life. The main focus of the Active 10 app is showing people:

a. The amount of time they have spent walking

b. The amount of time they have spent walking briskly

c. The number of chunks of 10 minutes of brisk walking they have achieved (known as Active 10s).

The Active 10 app shows how much brisk walking an individual is currently doing and helps to show people how they can fit a ten-minute brisk walk into their day. It breaks this brisk walking down into manageable chunks of ten minutes and encourages at least one session every day (which equates to 70 minutes a week). Users can set their own goals and the app encourages people to progress up to 30 brisk minutes of walking per day, to meet the 150 minutes recommended by the Chief Medical Officer.

Give the app a try & let us know if it’s as good as it looks!

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