Keeping children active
Exercise is important for children as they grow and develop. It encourages strong bones and muscles and is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle. There are lots of activities and sports children and young people can take part in.
Health checks for the over 40s
If you are aged between 40 and 74, you are entitled to a free NHS Health Check. After the check you can find out what exercise activities are available in the borough or join one of the programmes designed especially for those who have had a check.
If you are 60 or over, you are entitled to free swimming. The Be Active scheme offers great discounts on leisure centre membership and casual use. There are also a number of free social walks that take place across the borough.
Exercise on referral
We know that different medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure can be improved by gentle exercise and activity. To help people with these conditions, we run, along with Healthwise Physical Activity Referral | Better UK and 1Lifean exercise on referral scheme.
If you are referred by your GP or practice nurse, you will take part in a 12-week programme that might include aqua, circuit classes, gym sessions and led walks. At the end of the programme, you have the opportunity to join the leisure centre and use the facilities at a discounted rate.
If you think you have a condition that might benefit from the exercise on referral scheme, speak to your GP or practice nurse.
The right activity for you
If you’re looking for some leisure activities that suit you, you’ll find a huge choice of different activities and sports all over the borough.
Tips to become more active
Gradually build activity into your daily routine and find activities that you enjoy. Your aim should be to build up to 150 minutes of exercise a week: this can be done in chunks of 10–15 minutes spread out over the week.
Some things to think about: