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?
Not sure where to start? You can take a 10 minute quiz and get a personalized health score via the One You website. Once there you can also download the Active10 app to kickstart your own fitness campaign with short, brisk walks, then develop further by following our walking or cycling links below.
Over 50? There are a host of discounted courses available for you in our Get Active 50+ programme.
There's also a wealth of helpful information on the NHS Health and Fitness page, from guidlines on exercise levels to fitness plans and running programmes.
Walking and cycling
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?
Only around 23% of UK boys and 20% of girls currently meet the recommended 60 minutes of activity a day, with a third of children aged 10-11 and a fifth of those starting school overweight or obese.
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.
Free tasters and discounts
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.
Keep up to date
We regularly update offers, ideas and events to our Facebook and Twitter pages: www.facebook.com/activesurrey and www.twitter.com/activesurrey. You can also sign up to our monthly newsletter for news of events and activities of interest across the county.