Physical activity

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Adults should do some type of physical activity every day. Any type of activity is good for you. The more you do the better. We've got lots of ideas to help you build more activity in to your day. Being active is good to help you maintain a healthy weight, prevent trips and falls as you get older, but it's also great for your mental health too.

Adults should:

  • aim to be physically active every day. Any activity is better than none, and more is better still
  • do strengthening activities that work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms) on at least 2 days a week
  • do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity a week or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity a week
  • reduce time spent sitting or lying down and break up long periods of not moving with some activity.

You can also achieve your weekly activity target with:

  • several short sessions of very vigorous intensity activity
  • a mix of moderate, vigorous and very vigorous intensity activity

Get yours at work

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Simple tips - Simple ways to build up extra activity into your working day

Healthy Workplace Newsletter - Sign up to the Healthy Workplace newsletter to hear more about being healthy at work


Get yours by walking

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Active 10 - Get started by walking just 10 minutes a day with the Active 10 app

Cornish walks - Get active and enjoy the beautiful landscape of Cornwall with these walking routes. 

Walking groups - Walking with a group is a great way to get some physical activity under your belt whilst enjoying the company of others, making friends and feeling the mental health benefits of social interactions


Get yours playing football/rugby

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Get into rugby - If you enjoy being active and want to build your fitness with team mates then this is the game for you.

Walking football - Walking Football is exactly as the name suggests - you play football but at walking pace!

Weight Loss Football League - Football fit is a mixture of healthy lifestyle advice as well as gentle football based exercise


Get yours by cycling

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Cycle trails - Cornwall has many fantastic cycling trails to try, for all ages and abilities 

Cycle clubs - Get active and make friends within the various cycle clubs in Cornwall

Sustrans newsletter - Sign up to get cycling inspiration straight into your inbox!


Get yours running

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Couch to 5k - Never run before? No problem, the Couch to 5k app will have you running 5k in 9 weeks.

Parkrun - Parkrun is a series of 5k runs held on Saturday mornings in areas of open space around the UK. They are open to all, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.

Running clubs - Joining a running club is a great way to improve fitness and make new friends. Find one near you.


Get yours swimming

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Local swim times - Find the opening times of your local swimming pool

Better Leisure Pass - Try out your local leisure centres facilities for FREE with a guest pass

Swimming for Health - Are you interested in swimming, but don't have the confidence to attend your local swimming pool? Try the Swimming for Health programme.