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Active Together

The benefits of physical activity towards health

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Physical activity plays a key part in improving health and well-being. It helps to prevent coronary heart disease, strokes and some forms of cancer - our country's leading killers. It can also reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis, hypertension, diabetes, memory loss, weight problems and obesity.

Health experts recommend 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week, which can be done in short bursts of 20 minutes at one time and show significant health benefits. Active Together projects and exercise referral schemes can play a vital role in helping people to achieve this. For inspiration on how to 'Make your Move' visit Let's get moving together (

Six out of ten men and seven out of ten women are not active enough to benefit their health. All of our physical activity programmes will improve your physical, mental and social well-being in some element. Weight management classes, walking and running groups, targeted mental health and back pain programmes or general fitness activities are available for all ages in the borough.

Regular exercise can help to:

  • Improve your mind by releasing endorphins
  • Increase your strength and suppleness
  • Reduce or maintain a healthy weight 
  • Improve your self-confidence
  • Meet and socialise with like-minded people 
  • Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
  • Help control blood pressure
  • Reduce the effects of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis 
  • Help the mind and reduce memory loss
  • Improve your general well-being

Last updated: 31/08/2023 10:47