Physical activity

Physical activity can improve a person’s wellbeing in several ways. It can boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your stress levels and risks of depression, dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

In an increasing digital era, time spent sat at desks in front of computer screens at work, or web browsing and gaming at home has led many people to become less active in their lifestyles.

We Can Be Active

The new We Can Be Active tool will help you find your favourite activities in your local area, or perhaps a new one!

Benefits of exercise:

  • improves overall health
  • improves sleep
  • maintains healthy weight
  • manages stress levels
  • improves quality of life

Reduces your chances of:

  • type 2 diabetes
  • cardiovascular disease
  • falls
  • depression
  • joint and back pain
  • cancer
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Tips to increase your amount of physical activity

  • Track your steps.
  • Take the stairs instead of the lift.
  • Cycle or walk where possible.
  • Explore local activities available.
  • Join a regular exercise class.
  • Try a workout including aerobic and strength exercises.
  • Add a range of movements into your daily routine.
  • Try out a new sport or activity.
  • Join a local sports club or team.

For more exercise types and guidelines please visit Health matters: physical activity - prevention and management of long-term conditions (GOV.UK)

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