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




Cycling initiatives - information on cycling in Leeds, Cycling LeedsCycling initiatives - information on cycling in Leeds<div class="ExternalClass800CC5B3FF0D43978BFFCE02F9670636">Information about all things cycling in Leeds, including learn to ride sessions, led rides and helpful information​.</div>
Heartwatch cardiac programme, Heartwatch webpagesHeartwatch cardiac programme <div class="ExternalClassED4074304A1A4D3FB4E708E4D69D6318">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.​</div>
Disability sport, Disability sport webpagesDisability sport<div class="ExternalClass9EC2E64B50354B96A4683F899721F427">Disability sport opportunities available across Leeds, available to download as a programme of activities, including disability sessions delivered by us and a range of<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span> external partners.​</div>
Leeds Let's Get Active, Leeds Let's Get ActiveLeeds Let's Get Active<div class="ExternalClassF9BBD92B384B4BAA95791280C7AD736F">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.​​</div>
Walking for health - led group walks for all, Walking for health websiteWalking for health - led group walks for all<div class="ExternalClass34E170785CA249929C76220598C0F5ED">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.​</div>



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