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,                            

Participating Leisure Centres in Hart

Frogmore Leisure Centre, Potley Hill Road, Yateley, Hants, GU46 6AG

Hart Leisure Centre, Hitches Lane, Fleet, Hants, GU51 5HS

  • Appointment 1 – You will meet the GP referral specialist to discuss the reason for your referral and complete a physical readiness questionnaire. Free of charge.
  • Appointment 2 – You will be shown the correct use of the gym equipment; an exercise programme will then be developed, taking into consideration the reason for your referral, your individual fitness level and abilities. Free of Charge
  • You are then ready to start the gym/exercise sessions as often as you wish (or advised) throughout the 12 week period. You can pay as you go or membership options are available to you. These are at subsidised rates, please ask your Get Actice Co-ordinator for up to date details.
  • The gym specialist will touch base with you at 3, 6 and 9 weeks to discuss your progress and arrange a review if required.
  • 12 weeks – an exit interview at which they will advise you on how to maintain a healthy active lifestyle for your future.
  • A feedback form will be sent to the referring GP informing them of your progress if requested.
  • You will be contacted again 6 months after the end of your 12 weeks and one year to see if you have continued with an exercise programme.
  • Please note you may only be referred once within a one year period.

Get Active Hampshire & IOW

Your one stop shop for sports and physical activities in Hampshire & IOW. Find a sport or activity that can help you be more active. Type in your postcode and off you go.


Rides will be starting from the Hart Leisure Centre at 10.00am; will be on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month starting at 10.00amand last no more than 90 minutes. Suitable for all ages who are competent riding a bike on the public road. Routes will be on road or surfaced cycle path unless advised otherwise in advance.

email or text 07957 193922 if you plan to join in. The first 3 rides are free. Pedal2Gether we will be asking adults for an annual subscription of £5 to cover admin costs and ride leader liability insurance.

RIOT Squad (Running Is Our Therapy)

This new running club in Fleet and surrounding areas is helping complete beginners to get from couch to 5k and beyond.

Coached sessions:7am –Tuesday and Thursday mornings

7pm –Monday and Thursday evenings

My Journey – walking in Aldershot Park

Visit the website:

Follow the group on Twitter: @myjourneyhants

... and on Facebook:

Women only cycle rides

Visit the Facebook page

....and the website:

or call: 01252397763

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