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Benefits of staying fit and active

Keeping yourself physically fit and active helps you to lead a healthier life and can make you feel better. Taking part in sports can help you to get out, meet new people and make friends.

Regular exercise can reduce the risk of major illnesses such as heart disease, stroke and cancer. It is also good for your mental wellbeing and can help to boost your mood, your self-esteem, help you to sleep better and reduce the risk of stress and depression.

Fitness for older people

Regular exercise isn't just for young people. If you are an older person, regular exercise can help you to manage high blood pressure, keep you at a healthy weight and will strengthen your muscles and bones.

LiveWell Dorset is a free service for adults who would like support to change their lifestyle. They have information to help you to stop smoking, increase your physical activity, manage your weight and reduce your alcohol intake.

There are many activities to get you out and about across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole to that will help you meet people and socialise.

Fitness and disability

You can find local fitness activities for people with a disability in our service provider directory.

If you are in a wheelchair, the NHS have created a guide to specific fitness advice for wheelchair users.

Stay active outdoors

Being outdoors can increase your mental and physical wellbeing.

You can try a range of voluntary and paid occupational activities which use the outdoor environment as a form of therapy. These activities are intended to help those with needs ranging from mild depression to life long learning disability. It also helps with rehabilitation and education.

It includes a large range of activities such as allotment schemes, plant nurseries, riding centres and care farms.


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