A new study from The Lancet Medical Journal supports the Northamptonshire Sport ambition to encourage people to become more active.
The report, published to coincide with the build-up to the Olympics, estimates about a third of adults are not doing enough physical activity, causing more than 5 million deaths a year.
Researchers say that tackling the problem requires a new way of thinking, suggesting people need to be warned about the dangers of inactivity rather than just reminded of the benefits of being active.
If you want to take the first steps into getting active, then www.northamptonshiresport.org is a good place to start.
Northamptonshire Sport is a partnership of organisations working together to provide opportunities for everyone to participate in sport, physical activity and recreation. It also helps clubs to provide the best facilities possible for people in the county.
If you are looking to join a sports club, you can search through more than 350 clubs on the club directory at www.northamptonshiresport.org/clubs.
Nearly 200 of these clubs have been awarded Sport England’s Clubmark accreditation and you can search specifically for these clubs on the directory.
Clubmark is a sign of a very well organised, safe and friendly club.
It guarantees minimum operating standards across all sports, which leads to better quality sports club provision for children and young people.
Some people find it difficult to fit sport or exercise into daily life, so Northamptonshire Sport works with local sports clubs and volunteers to lead lots of different sessions across the county.
One of these programmes is Jog Northants, where the organisation recruits and trains volunteers to set up local jogging groups across the county.
They now have more than 45 groups and the latest one starts at 9am on Saturday, July 21, at Salcey Forest and it is free.
But if jogging isn’t for you then there are taster sessions covering other kinds of activities.
Northamptonshire Sport will be at the Live Site event in Becketts Park, Northampton, between August 6 and 11, where you can catch some of the Olympic Events on the big screen and have a go at athletics, basketball or tennis as well as various other sports.
For more information visit www.northamptonshiresport.org or call 01604 366976.