The findings are validation of the key messages of Health Challenge Wales – the national focus for action to improve health and wellbeing in Wales. Launched in 2004, it identified food and fitness, smoking, alcohol and substance misuse, accidents and injures, infections and mental health and wellbeing as the key themes of the challenge, with the central message that small steps can make a big difference.

Supporting the Welsh Assembly in their quest to improve the health of the nation, the Sports Council for Wales has stepped with some advice on their specialist subject. They want to seen more people more active, more often and are urging individuals to take some simple exercise steps to improve their overall health and lengthen their life.

A recent Sports Council survey reveled that less than one third of adults in Wales are active for the recommended 30 minutes on five or more days of the week, which equates to just 1.5% of your total time in a seven day week. When considering minimal investment of time, there is little excuse for adults not to up their activity levels.

Chair of the Sports Council Philip Carling said,

"It cannot be stressed enough how important regular physical activity is. Exercise is not an add on to a healthy lifestyle, but an essential part of it. Just 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity on five or more days of the week – a level at which you should be mildly out of breath – is all you need to do to protect yourself from the major causes of mortality, including coronary heart disease and cancer."

Recognizing that exercise can be daunting, they hope the little and often message and the idea of adding years to your life will provide the impetus needed to get active.