Moving about and exercise are good for your health and help you feel good. Find out about where to exercise near you or just how you can get started at home.
Find out about exercise classes and activities to be more active
Take part in an exercise class or outdoor activity, whatever your age or mobility.
Work on your balance and strength, to make it less likely you will fall in the future. Or improve your circulation, to feel less tired and stay active for years to come.
Find out where you can exercise with others if you:
- want to go for a walk or a bike ride with people of all abilities near you
- would like to join an exercise class at home online (Active Dorset)
- have a physical disability
- are recovering from mental illness (Dorset Mental Health Forum)
- are an older person (Live Well Dorset)
- or a loved one has dementia (Alzheimer's Society). You can also try walks for people with dementia (Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty)
- have a long-term illness and want to use leisure centres for a reduced price
Learn how to start being more active at home
If you have not been active for a while, there are easy ways to start again.
Find out what to do and get help if you find it hard on your own.
Take steps to start being active by:
- doing NHS exercises at home to help you move, try NHS exercises to keep you steady or do NHS exercises to build your strength up
- trying sitting exercises if you are older or have a disability (NHS) and getting advice on being active if you are a wheelchair-user (NHS)
- finding a quality smartphone App to give you exercises and activities (Our Dorset)
- getting support from people like you starting their fitness journey (Live Well Dorset)
- signing up for free personal coaching to help you get active (Live Well Dorset)
- considering hiring a local personal trainer who works with people who are older and/or with conditions or finding a trainer who works with people with disabilities