Health & Wellbeing Information

Physical Activity Guidance (using information from Active Oxfordshire)

Being physically active is great for our mental and physical health, it doesn’t have to mean going to the gym or playing sport. It’s about moving more, whether that’s walking, cycling, gardening, dancing or playing family games – it all counts.

• Any activity is better than none
• Every minute counts
• People who are least active have the most to gain
• It’s never too late to get started!

Being active can:
- Reduce feelings of stress, anxiety, and low mood, and lift self-esteem
- Support people to feel more connected and less isolated
- Prevent falls and fractures and help people live independently
- Manage and prevent more than 20 different health conditions including type 2 diabetes, stroke and dementia

The Government has produced National Physical Activity Guidelines explaining the physical activity needed for general health benefits for all age groups, disabled adults, pregnant women and women after childbirth.

cmo adult guidelines

The Moving Medicine advice leaflet summarises the benefits and top tips of being active along with suggestions for building activity into everyday life.

Top Tips for Getting Active.
1. Choose activities you enjoy – you’re far more likely to keep it up
2. Setting goals and making a plan can really help
3. Make small changes in your routine including 10-minute chunks of activity
4. Build new habits that you enjoy daily
5. Get outdoors if you can to boost your mood and reduce anxiety
6. Start slow and build up gradually
7. Pace yourself and listen to your body – only do what’s comfortable
8. Buddy up with a friend to motivate each other and have fun!

Free Resources

There are also lots of free resources to help people be active, including:

  • Active Oxfordshire: Stay Active At Home
  • Sport England website has numerous tips, advice and guidance on how to keep or get active in and around your home.
  • We are Undefeatable resources: 15 ways to move more.
  • Public Health England: Stay Active at Home Booklet. Downloadable booklet which provides practical guidance to older adults on home-based activities to maintain their strength and balance.
  • NHS Fitness Studio Online: includes adapted exercise videos for conditions, easy fitness plans, short 10 minute workouts, illustrated 1-page workouts.
  • NHS free apps to build up to running 5k in 9 weeks: Couch to 5K or brisk walking for 10 minutes: Active 10
  • Local Directories: Oxfordshire County Council's Live Well and GO Active
  • Age UK has some great resources for helping people get more active and moving more, whether they are currently not active, want to be more active but don't know where to start to helping someone else become more active.

Local Walking Information

Weston Walkers is a local village group which undertakes local walks on the second Monday of each month, with no commitment to join every month. Please contact Graham Burnett on gblmb@btinternet.com for further information.

There are also a number of local walks to undertake around Weston on the Green. Further information is currently being compiled and will be available shortly.

Walking tips and advice from AgeUK for older people

Walking in England website - you will find free walks to download, details of all the books, maps and walking groups in the county.

Well Being Contacts

Age UK - runs a telephone support service (for older people and carers): 01865 411288

Oxfordshire Mind - If you're concerend about mental health, the information line can point you towards support. Tel: 01865 247788 or www.oxfordshiremind.org.uk

Oxford Health's NHS Trust Talking Space Plus - work with individuals experiencing common mental health problems, offer free talking therapies https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/talkingspaceplus/

Samaritans - whatever you're going through you can always talk to someone at the Samaritans. Tel: 116 123 (freephone) or www.samaritans.org

CALM - Campaign Against Living Miserably: 0800 585858 (5pm-midnight)

Every Mind Matters, NHS - expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Mental Health Helpline - Adults: 01865 904997, Children: 01865 904998 (24 hours/7days a week)

Vulnerable Residents, Cherwell District Council/Oxfordshire County Council - dedicated phone and email service, helping vulnerable residents identified by NHS who have no support network with any concerns. Tel: 01865 897820 (Mon-Fri, 8.30am - 8.00pm, Sat-Sun 9.00am-5.00pm) or email: shield@oxfordshire.gov.uk

Cherwell District Council Online Guide - helping families stay active inside: https://www.cherwell.gov.uk/activity-and-wellbeing-hub

Oxfordshire All In - maps all community services and volunteering opportunities available within Oxfordshire, along with a variety of support guides and advice www.oxfordshireallin.org

Citizen's Advice - advice services and information regarding food vouchers please call 01869 321806 or 0300 330 9037 or email: advice@citizensadvicenosn.org.uk