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Physical Activity

Lack of physical activity is the 4th leading risk factor in early death. People who are not physically active enough for their health are more at risk compared to those who engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity most days of the week.

"the potential benefits of physical activity to health are huge. if a medication existed which had a similar effect, it would be regarded as a 'wonder drug' or 'miracle cure." (CMO annual report 2009)

Moderate means:

Slightly out of breath but still able to talk, with an increased heart rate.

Feel warmer= hearts beating a bit faster.

Brisk walking = Moderate

Participation in 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week or its equivalent is estimated to reduce the risk of heart disease by approximately 30%, the risk of diabetes by 27% and the risk of breast and colon cancer by 21%. Additionally, regular physical activity lowers the risk of stroke, hypertension and depression. It is a key determinant of energy expenditure and thus fundamental to energy balance and weight control.

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Walking is the most frequent mode of physical activity recommended from health professionals.

PYWFF aims to increase activity levels by promoting walking. This is done by:

  • Recruiting and training volunteers to lead walks within the local community.
  • Developing materials to promote walking in the local community including maps
  • Providing information and practical tools to those working with people on a daily basis e.g. Practice Nurse, Physio and Social Worker to encourage walking as part of everyday life.

All ability cycling

Inclusive Cycling activities are now delivered by West Lothian Bike Library. For up to date information , please contact West Lothian Bike Library

 West Lothian Bike Library website