Improving your fitness
By spending 30 minutes a day on physical exercise, you will feel the benefits very quickly because exercise helps to:
- increase your energy levels
- control your weight
- reduce stress
- improve sleep patterns
If you keep up your exercise routine over a long period then your risk of some health problems is reduced, for example, heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, high blood pressure and many other conditions.
Gyms and sports facilities
You can search for a wide range of sports and fitness facilities on NHS Choices or the Active Places website (England), Activity Point (Scotland), Wales Index (Wales) or 4NI (Northern Ireland). You can find your nearest facilities by postcode or place name, browse an interactive map or enter the name of a specific facility to find out more about it.
Leisure centres also offer a range of sports, including squash, tennis, keep fit classes and swimming. You can find your nearest leisure centre by contacting your local council. Your council should also be able to give you details of local sports clubs.
Some local councils provide leisure passes so residents can enjoy facilities at a discounted rate. For more information contact your local council.
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