Physical activity (including walks and cycling)

Physical Activity in Woking

Taking part in physical activity is vital for maintaining your health. Increasing physical activity levels contributes to the prevention and management of a large range of conditions and diseases.

If you are physically active you:

  • Have a 33-50% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared with inactive people.

  • Reduce the risk of Coronary heart disease and stroke

  • Less likely to be obese or overweight

  • Lower your risk of suffering from various forms of cancer

  • Will feel good and have more energy

To maintain good health it is recommended that you take part in physical activity at least 30 minutes a day on five days a week.

Professor Sir Liam Donaldson from the Department of Health suggests that:

"The message is that at least 30 minutes a day of moderate intensive physical activity on five or more days of the week reduces the risk of premature death from cardiovascular disease and some cancers, significantly reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes and can also improve psychological well-being."

Currently only 30% of adult females and 40% adult males meet the recommended physical activity guidelines of 30 minutes a day of physical activity five times a week.

Inactivity has been a key contributing factor to the three fold increase of obesity rates over the past 20 years and the number of people who are overweight or obese continues to rise. Excess body fat increases the risk of type-2 diabetes, hypertension, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, heart disease, and certain cancers, among other lifestyle diseases. Being physically activity plays a crucial role in weight loss and/or the maintenance of a healthy body weight.

Get active in Woking!!

Physical Activity does not just mean taking part in various sports or going to the gym, there are a whole range of fun activities you can get involved in. Listed below are some of the ways you can increase your physical activity levels!



Gardening/ conservation/ allotments


Play activities


Tai Chi






Physical activity doesn't have to be structured. Incendental exercise can be just as beneficial to your health. Some examples include:

Housework Gardening 
Walking the dog Playing with the kids
Taking the stairs  DIY
Manual labour  





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