Physical activity reduces the risk of developing conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, depression and some cancers.

Regular exercise will help you keep fit, help you relax, give you more energy and it's fun.

To stay healthy adults aged 19 and over need a mixture of aerobic and strength exercise. Adults should aim for:

  • At least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity, per week. Examples of moderate intensity aerobic activity include, brisk walking, riding a bike and pushing a lawn mower; and
  • Strength exercise on a minimum of two days per week such as yoga, heavy gardening or lifting weights.

The NHS Choices website has more information about physical activity for adults and older adults including apps and tools that can be downloaded to help you get active.

Physical activity is also important for healthy growth and development in children and young people. National guidelines stipulate different levels and amounts of physical activity for children and young people, depending on their age. See NHS Choices for more information on physical activity for your child.

Local services

The exercise referral scheme offers eligible patients the opportunity to engage in tailored physical activity schemes, at a reduced cost, in a number of locations across North Yorkshire. The purpose of exercise referral schemes is to increase physical activity among people who are inactive or sedentary and are otherwise healthy or who already have a health condition or other risk factors for disease.

Other useful sources of information

  • One You for tools, support and encouragement to help improve your health right away
  • NHS Choices - information on weight, diet and physical activity
  • Change4Life for ideas and help on how to make small changes that add up to a healthier, happier future for you or your family
  • Our healthy weight page
  • Our healthy eating page