Young people and fitness

Fitness in young people
  • Try something new. If you’re not sure what activities you’d like, use the What’s your sport? tool to find out which sport or activity you’re best suited to.
  • Take up running. Running is an effective and straightforward way of exercising. If you’re just starting, try our popular Couch to 5K running plan.
  • Get into shape with Strength and Flex, a five-week exercise plan to increase your strength and flexibility.
  • Walk more: to school, to visit friends, to the shops, or other places in your neighbourhood. For health benefits, aim to do 10,000 steps a day.
  • Get your mates involved. You’re more likely to keep active if you have fun and other people to enjoy yourself with.
  • Ask your parents if you can go to the gym with them or if there’s a local community centre where you can exercise.
  • Create a new routine where you walk or run every day when you get home from school or before dinner.
  • If you don’t want to exercise outside on your own, buddy up with a friend or use an exercise DVD in your bedroom.
  • Dance in front of the TV or play some CDs. All you need are some great tunes and you can have fun dancing anywhere and burn calories at the same time.
  • Do some household chores. Although light tasks such as taking out the rubbish won’t raise your heart rate, some heavy gardening or washing the car will count towards your daily activity target.