Advice on how to keep physically fit and active in your community.
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.
has information about health and fitness.
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.
aims to encourage local people across Christchurch and East Dorset to get and keep active through a wide range of activities to suit location, interest and health need.
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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.
NHS Choices (opens in a new window) has information about health and fitness.
LiveWell Dorset (opens in a new window) 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.
We have information about getting out and about, including finding things to do.
Fitness and disability
You can find local fitness activities for people with a disability in our service provider directory (opens in a new window).
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.
Staying active isn't just about keeping yourself fit. Staying active in your community is a good way to meet new people and to keep yourself involved.
We have information about getting out and about, including how to stay in touch with others, transport, and things to do.
Volunteering is a good way to share your skills, learn new ones and contribute to community projects.
If you are retired and enjoy learning for fun, the University of the Third Age (U3A) (opens in a new window) offers a chance to study many things including: art, languages, music, history, crafts and computing.
We have details of local activities and lunch clubs in our service provider directory.