Physical Activity

Physical exercise is the performance of some activity in order to develop or maintain physical fitness and overall health; any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure.

Frequent and regular physical exercise is an important component in the prevention of some diseases such as heart disease, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and obesity.

Regular moderate intensity physical activity – such as walking, cycling, or participating in sports – has significant benefits for health. For instance, it can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, colon and breast cancer, and depression. Moreover adequate levels of physical activity will decrease the risk of a hip or vertebral fracture and help control weight.

Physical exercise is considered important for maintaining healthy weight; building and maintaining healthy bones, muscles, and joints; promoting physiological well-being; reducing surgical risks; and strengthening the immune system.

Gardening is a great form of physical exercise. This ARUK leaflet looks at how tools, pacing techniques and garden layout can help you to take care of your garden without increasing your levels of pain and fatigue.

And take a look at this ARUK leaflet on how to Keep Moving. It’s for people with arthritis who want to know more about how they can exercise safely and includes a poster.


For further information on physical activity in Cornwall see:

Why not try this app developed by Public Health England and start doing your “Active 10”.

Please find further information on this app here