Becoming more active can:

  • reduce the risk of coronary heart disease
  • prevents and controls high blood pressure
  • prevents and controls Type II diabetes
  • give you more energy - being able to cope better with daily routines
  • reduce anxiety and depression
  • reduce stress - helps people relax more easily
  • improve self-esteem
  • strengthen bones and reducing the risk of osteoporosis
  • increase muscle strength
  • improve balance, suppleness and mobility
  • give greater independence in later life - individuals will be able to cope with daily tasks more easily
  • provide the opportunity to meet and socialise with new friends
  • help people to lose weight or to maintain body weight
  • gives people a sense of achievement
  • increase enjoyment - activity can be fun

Although many people know what physical activity is good for them, they are often unsure how to take the first steps to becoming more active. A number of schemes operate within the county that aim to increase activity levels.