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Physical activity

Physical activity is good for both our physical health and our mental wellbeing. It helps to prevent and manage a range of health conditions (such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and certain cancers), helps to maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints and can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia.

An active lifestyle can also be a great way to increase energy levels, combat anxiety, reduce stress, raise self-esteem, and improve sleeping habits.

Being active can take place anytime, and anywhere to suit your lifestyle. It could be in the home, the garden, activities in the park, within community settings or at a leisure facility such as your local swimming pool or gym.  

Physical Activity can incorporate active living (e.g. gardening, DIY),  active travel (e.g. walking and cycling), active recreation (e.g. games, leisure activities, dance and play) and active sport (e.g. informal sports such as “back to” games, badminton, table tennis, walking football).


Find out more about what's available from our Sport and Active Lifestyles site


Click to expandCreating Connections - sport and activity for disabled people

Creating Connections aims to provide a sport and physical activity pathway for disabled people by creating connections between sport, the health sector and disabled people’s organisations.

Self-registering or health professional recommendation services are available.

Creating Connections website

Click to expandCycling initiatives - information on cycling in Leeds

Information about all things cycling in Leeds, including learn to ride sessions, led rides and helpful information​.

Cycling Leeds

Click to expandDisability sport

Disability sport opportunities available across Leeds, available to download as a programme of activities, including disability sessions delivered by us and a range of external partners.​

Disability sport webpages

Click to expandHeartwatch cardiac programme

Cardiac programme specifically designed for people with cardiac related problems such as heart attack, cardiac surgery or those suffering from angina.  Circuit style classes which give a variety of exercises bespoke to the individual’s needs.​

Heartwatch webpages

Click to expandLeeds Let's Get Active

A programme of free activities within leisure centres, along with targeted community activities, to help break down some of the barriers to being active.  Supporting more people to get active and start do at least 30 minutes a week.​​

Leeds Let's Get Active

Click to expandWalking for health - led group walks for all

Free, safe led group walks for beginners at a pace to suit all.  Information on the benefits or walking, along with a postcode finder to support finding the nearest accredited health walk.​

Walking for health website

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