What activities are available near you?
There are lots of ways you can find out about activities in your area:
Contact your local council. See their website or call them to find out what activities are provided in their parks and leisure centres.
Ask your GP if they can refer you to any specialist service like exercise on referral, falls prevention (if you’re worried about falling) or physiotherapy (if you’ve had surgery, for example).
Search online – there’s a list of useful search tools below.
Contact the national governing body for an activity you’re interested in. For example, Bowls England can tell you about how to get into bowling and opportunities near you.
Get advice from health professionals – see our Who can help section.
Once you’ve started, you’ll probably find that being active becomes an enjoyable part of the way you live. Many people notice the benefits quite quickly. You’ll feel less tired, less stressed and have more confidence. Noticing these changes and knowing the benefits to your health can keep you going, even on days when it’s hard to feel motivated. If you’re struggling don’t be hard on yourself. Just remind yourself of all the benefits and get started again.
There are some comprehensive search tools that you may find helpful available online:
The following websites have useful information to help you get active:
Walking is a great way to become and stay more active. Walking for Health is England’s largest network of health walks schemes run by Macmillan and the Ramblers. There are free, guided health walks across the UK.
You can search for a walk near you using the details below.
National sports councils will be able to give you contact details for individual sports governing bodies, such as British Cycling, the Amateur Swimming Association, and where to find facilities near you.
Mobility and disability organisations
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There are some specific organisations that can help people with mobility problems or a disability:
See our database of useful organisations you can contact to find out more.