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Physical activity - even if it's only walking to the shops or cycling with the kids - can help manage health problems including heart disease, musculoskeletal conditions and even improve mental health.

But you don't have to be an elite athlete to gain real benefits from regular exercise. In this section you'll find some of the easiest ways to get involved in physical activity, make new friends and have some fun.


What should I try?

sailing manNot sure what to try? Take the NHS What's Your Sport? quiz to find out, then use our pages to show you how to get started.  

Or why not look at all of the sports on offer? Our sport pages give useful information on specific sports.

If you're looking for a more gentle way to improve your health or enjoy time with others, you could try:

  • Walking for Health – short, easy group walks organised and supported by friendly, trained volunteers.
  • For spur of the moment, self-guided walks at your own pace check out the 'Explore Surrey Collection' - a website and app which you can take along with you.
  • Cycling – see Surrey Travel Smart for maps and details of cycle routes, as well as the Surrey Cycleway and other national network trails.

Want to get your kids active?

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Just 21% of UK boys and 16% of girls currently meet the recommended 60 minutes of activity a day, with 33% of children aged 10-11 and 20% of those starting school overweight or obese.

If you're looking for a fun way to get younger children away from the TV check out Change 4 Life's Disney-inspired Shake Ups for ideas on 10 minute activities that really add up.

If you're a parent looking for a local club for your child, you've made a great start. Clubmark accreditation (or a National Governing Body equivalent) can be a handy indicator that an organisation is well run. See our safeguarding page for details.


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Why not search our Activity Finder, it’s really easy to use and we promote FREE taster sessions with clubs across Surrey, from Karate to Golf. Just remember to click 'Yes' for Free taster session and the Activity Finder will list all those clubs who you can contact.

If you are aged 11-25, some fantastic discounted courses are often run including Wakeboarding, Fencing, Boxing, Canoeing and Dance, check out what’s on offer at the moment.   

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