Lifestyle

Our lifestyle can be less healthy than we think. Start the fight back to a healthier you. Take the One You quiz and see how you score. Read more on the One You website.

If you're not as active as you should be you are putting your health and quality of life at risk. To stay healthy and to improve health we should be doing two types of physical activity each week: aerobic and strength exercises.

Three top tips to an active lifestyle

  1. Protect your body
    Being active every day helps you stay physically healthy. If you aren't very active you increase your risk of getting serious conditions, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.
  2. Protect your mind
    Being active is really good for your mind as well as your body. Getting some physical activity each day can help prevent you from getting depression, anxiety and other mental health problems. Moving more can also help you get a good night's sleep, which helps your brain to rest and recharge.
  3. Age well
    Being active is critical to maintaining a healthy body and mind for later years. Being inactive increases your risk of many conditions that will impact your future quality of life, including dementia, osteoarthritis and general physical limitations in older age.

Being active is really good for physical and mental well-being and it plays an important role in living a healthy lifestyle. The good news is it's easy to move more and doing something is better than nothing. Start small and build up gradually just 10 minutes at a time can be really good for you.

It's easier than you think! A one hour workout is just four per cent of your day. Even a brisk walk of 30 minutes a day can reduce your chances of getting diabetes or cancer.

Make a start today. It's never too late.

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“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live”

Community centres

We have three community centres across the district: two in Harrogate and one in Knaresborough. All our centres include main halls which we use to run a range of activities. You can also hire our community centres if you want to arrange your own sport, fitness or health and wellbeing activity.

Programmes

Jennyfield Styan Community Centre

Classes and sessions available as part of the active lifestyles programme:

Run into new friends

The group gives people the opportunity to run together to improve their health, fitness, confidence and safety. All sessions are run by a qualified run in leadership fitness instructor through England athletics.

The group is aimed at newcomers or anyone who hasn't put their tracksuit and trainers on for a while. This is definitely not for more experienced runners and gives people the chance to take part in regular exercise without feeling as if they're left behind. The leader will help you get started by giving you sensible advice, support, encouragement and company while you run. Start today and contact us.

For more information please visit runtogether.co.uk.

Turkish Baths Harrogate

At the Turkish Baths Harrogate you can immerse yourself in Britain's most fully restored Victorian Turkish Baths and enjoy a unique regime of relaxation and rejuvenation, enhanced by friendly, yet unobtrusive attention.

Although Turkish Baths were common in Victorian times, only seven remain which date back to the 19th century. None is as historically complete and in full working order as Harrogate's Turkish Baths. Their importance lies in their decoration, elaboration and rarity. The Baths' Moorish design with Islamic arches and screens, walls of vibrant glazed brickwork, the arabesque painted ceilings and terrazzo floors (laid by the very best Italian experts) all add to its historic elegant features.

Experience the baths

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