Being active can improve quality of life by reducing the risk of major disease, such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. It also reduces depression, stress and anxiety and can help you to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, sleep better and live longer.
NHS Choices recommends different levels of activity for different age groups. Undertaking these recommended levels can improve health and minimise risk of disease.
Please click here to find out the recommended levels of physical activity for your age. See the image below for physical activity guidelines for children and young people aged 5-18 years old.
Where to find information and support services
If you wish to find out about local services and support related to physical activity, please click here to access the Warwickshire Health and Wellbeing Portal and/or visit the Fitter Futures Warwickshire, Physical Activity/Healthy Lifestyles on Referral Service website by clicking here.
Local authority websites also include information on local leisure facilities:
- North Warwickshire Borough Council
- Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council
- Rugby Borough Council
- Stratford-on-Avon District Council
- Warwick District Council
Evidence Base and Needs Assessment Information
For Warwickshire, as a whole, just over a quarter of the population achieve the recommended levels of exercise. There is some variation between boroughs and districts with the lowest levels being reported in Nuneaton and Bedworth at 25.3% and highest in Stratford-on-Avon with 29.2%. However, it is notable that even in the district achieving the highest levels of exercise, some 70% of people fail to achieve the recommended levels.
Key Strategies and documents
Physical Activity Strategies strongly support joint working – not only between local authorities and health services, but also with other health and wellbeing areas such as children and young people, obesity services, mental health and preventing falls.