The Importance of Physical Activity

We should all aim to do some type of physical activity everyday to reduce our risk of developing several diseases. Being active is great for the body, mind and overall health. Access our physical activity service or find out more about the health benefits of an active lifestyle.

The UK Chief Medical Officers physical activity guidelines reinforce the impotance of physical activity by providing recomendations on the frequency, intensity, duration and type of exercise required for health benefits. These guidelines are catered for each age group and life stage to ensure we have a better quality of life.

Here is a list of the categories, please select the age relevant to you to find out more about the different guidelines and the importance of physical activity.  

Why do we need to increase physical activity levels across the district?

Part of the role of The North West Leicestershire Health and Wellbeing Team is to improve the health of residents by increasing physical activity opportunities.

The Active Lives survey 2021 highlighted: 

  • 29.7% of adults are active for less than 30 minutes per week (that's almost a 3rd of our adults that are not exercising enough).
  • 11.2% are fairly active 
  • Only 59% reach the recommended levels of activity to promote good health. 

To have a look at the up to date statistics for the physical activity levels across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, have a look at the Let's Get Moving: Making the Case document. 

Last updated: Mon 22 April, 2024 @ 14:43