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Getting active

Exercising and being more active has benefits for both your physical and mental health. It can help reduce your risk of serious illness and can also boost self-esteem and reduce stress.

In Leicester 58% Leicester residents participate in the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity a week with men being more active than women.

The benefits of being more active are huge. regular exercise can help reduce the risk of serious illness such as cancer and heart disease. It can help maintain a healthy weight and can also help those with mental health issues.

It is recommended that adults aim to get 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week – this can include gardening, going to the gym, running, walking or cycling. Anything that raises your heart rate and gets you a little out of breath.

How to get active

Getting people more active is a key public health priority.

Leicester has many opportunities for people to get active, Active Leicester has seven leisure centres across the city, we have over 30 outdoor gyms and a vast walking and cycling network. Leicester also has 130 parks for people with sports facilities on many.