Swimming, cycling and running are all perfect sports to help you get active, and stay fit!
You can enjoy one or all three sports with your friends and family by your side, and by doing a little bit each week, you are contributing to making Scotland a healthier nation.
Whatever your age, there’s strong scientific evidence that being physically active can help you lead a healthier and even happier life. People who do regular activity have a lower risk of many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and some cancers. Research shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
To stay healthy, adults should try to be active daily and aim to achieve at least 150 minutes of physical activity over a week through a variety of activities.
For most people, the easiest way to get moving is to make activity part of everyday life, like walking or cycling instead of using the car to get around. However, the more you do, the better, and taking part in activities such as sports and exercise will make you even healthier. Watch the short video from NHS Choices about a small change you can make today with your children.
Running is also a good place to start your fitness, as it is easy, and free! Watch this short video explaining how you can try the couch to 5km programme. You can also find out more by clicking on the NHS Choices website link here.
You can also get active by making your own triathlon through the #YourGOTRI activity maker. Simply by visiting www.gotri.org/yourgotri, you can create your own triathlon, by selecting a swim, cycle and run from options including a “trip to the pool”, “pedal in the park”, and “jog round the block”. You can also select to “row in the gym” instead of swim, if you’d rather not get wet, or don’t have a local pool.
Once you have created your own triathlon, you’ll be supported with top tips from the experts at British Triathlon. Have a go today! Click here.