Small steps to healthier life

Fri 22nd April 2022

People across the North Tyneside are being encouraged to be more active in their own homes using an exercise programme being launched on ITV television this week.

The NHS exercise programme is designed to help people improve their fitness and health which is important at any time but may also need a boost as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

With the aid of a website and previously supplied booklet HowFit encourages users of any ability, from chair based to fairly fit, to undertake a plan of simple exercises that can be carried out at home without the need for any special equipment.

The project led by NHS North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group and developed by north east consultant physician, Dr Steve Parry, with exercises designed by personal trainer Phil Earley and physiotherapists Heidi Williams and Skye Owen – demonstrates simple exercises to get you moving and improve your health.

Dr Parry says, “I’ve witnessed at first hand the effects of people being less mobile during the pandemic and was keen to help get people moving again – especially those who don’t particularly like the kind of exercise promoted by fitness gurus and gyms.

“Exercise can cut down your risk of developing medical issues such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure, and can also reduce the chance that you could be admitted to hospital due to illness or an accident. Taking part in HowFit can improve your strength, flexibility, balance and stamina with the convenience of exercising in your own home at a time that suits you. No equipment is needed for HowFit, and it’s free.”

There’s a range of simple exercises divided into four categories focusing on mobility, strength, cardiovascular health and stability and balance and co-ordination, with videos and animations to help you get them right.

HowFit was created in 2020 in partnership with NHS North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Newcastle Gateshead CCG, with leaflets explaining the exercises in those areas delivered in autumn 2020.

To take part in the exercise programme and start to make small steps towards a happier and healthier live visit

Watch the TV campaign here