Physical activity

Physical activity

What should you know about physical activity?

Doing regular physical activity can make you feel good about yourself and it can have a number of benefits for your health. For example, it reduces the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, some cancers, type 2 diabetes and 'thinning' of the bones (osteoporosis). Regular physical activity also helps to control weight and may help to ease stress.

Ideally, you should aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on at least five days of the week. You should also aim to do a minimum of two sessions of muscle-strengthening activities per week, although these should not be on consecutive days.

Physical activity is any activity that you may do that helps to improve or maintain your physical fitness as well as your health in general.

It can include:

  • Everyday activities. For example, walking or cycling to work or school, doing housework, gardening, DIY around the house, or any active or manual work that you may do as part of your job.
  • Active recreational activities. This includes activities such as dancing, active play amongst children, or walking or cycling for recreation.
  • Sport. For example, exercise and fitness training at a gym or during an exercise class, swimming and competitive sports such as football, rugby and tennis, etc.

Where can you go for help?

For ideas on what you can do yourself to get up and active, click here.

For more suggestions and for help in finding local activities, click here.

In North East Hampshire and Farnham some of our local gyms and leisure centres will take people in on GP referrals. These are generally adults who have a particular health-related condition and who lead an inactive lifestyle. For some people it is about getting back to fitness following an operation or a period of ill health or injury.

The participating leisure centres are:

For more information see the contact details tab below.

Contact details for local sources of help.

Get Active Exercise GP referral scheme

Your GP or another health care professional can refer you to this 12 week gym based/exercise programme within Rushmoor or Hart.

Rushmoor Referral Programme

Promotes physical, mental and social wellbeing for over 16’s who are currently inactive and have an underlying health condition. Ask your GP or practice nurse. They want to help you help yourself.

Participating Leisure centres in Rushmoor

Farnborough Leisure Centre – Get Active Co-ordinator, Farnborough Leisure Centre, Kinetika Gym, Westmead, Farnborough, GU14 7LE, 01252 370411/554034

Connaught Leisure Centre – Get Active Co-ordinator, Connaught Leisure Centre, Tongham Road, Aldershot, GU12 4AS, 01252 344438

Aldershot pools complex- Get Active Co-ordinator, Guildford Road, Aldershot,  GU12 4BP, 01252 323482.

Read more: Contact details for local sources of help.

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