Steps towards fitness with the NHS Active 10 app


Walk by Bruce Aldridge @ Flickr


Most of the time mobile fitness apps offer to log and track a dizzying array of measurements.

My Fitbit app, for example, can track my exercise, the water I drink, my weight, how I’ve slept and what I’ve eaten, though I think it stops short of requesting my inside leg measurement.

So it was refreshing to see the launch last week of a user-friendly fitness app aimed at those in middle age who would benefit from regularly taking a brisk* 10 minute walk.

Part of the NHS’ One You campaign, the Active 10 app keeps it manageable, simple to understand and helpfully dials-down the features to ensure its message is conveyed.

And that’s that a brisk 10 minute walk every day can make a difference to your health. It’s obviously a long way from the general NHS weekly exercise guidelines of at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity – such as cycling or brisk walking – with strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles.

But  if someone isn’t yet taking a brisk walk each day then this is a great way to set them on that path.

* The Active 10 app doesn’t actually tell you when a walk becomes ‘brisk’, but according to the NHS website it’s when you can still talk but can’t sing the words to a song


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