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Physical Activity

Regular physical activity is a very important component of physical and mental health well being. The benefits include reducing the risk of disease, managing existing conditions, and developing and maintaining physical/mental function.

In this section, you will find a presentation on why it is important to engage in regular physical activity.


Physical Activity Guidelines

The UK Chief Medical Officer updated the Physical Activity Guidelines in September 2019. The guidelines provide recommendations on the frequency, intensity, duration and types of physical activity regardless of your age or ability. Benefits are accrued over time, but it is never too late to gain health benefits from taking up physical activity.



Although we recommend that everyone should work towards achieving these guidelines, there are no absolute thresholds: benefits are achieved at levels both below and above these guidelines.

In general, the more time spent being physically active, the greater the health benefits. However, the gains are especially significant for those currently doing the lowest levels of activity (fewer than 30 minutes per week), as the improvements in health per additional minute of physical activity will be greater.




Here we have a few videos which may help you in increasing your physical activity levels.



Local Opportunities for Exercise

Good Move Glasgow Health Walks

Fun, free, easy walks in your local community for all abilities. Ideal for meeting new people and exploring Glasgow's lovely parks and greenspaces.

Scottish Disability Sport

Scottish Disability Sport passionately believes in leading and developing inclusive opportunities and improving performance. This will ensure that any child, young person or adult with a disability can participate in sport and physical activity – no matter ability, geography or age

Disability Snowsport 

Disability Snowsport UK believe that taking part in adaptive snowsport has the power to transform a person's relationship with their disability. They are committed to enabling all people to participate in snowsport, regardless of disability, injury or experience.


With Parasport, you can discover inclusive local opportunities to become more active. They believe there’s a sport or activity out there for everyone and by highlighting inclusive activities and one-off events which able bodied and disabled people can do together. Parasport can inform and inspire people to discover something new.

Free Wheel North

Free Wheel North is a cycling development charity based in Glasgow working towards creating a fairer healthier society by enabling people of all ages and abilities to cycle as part of their every day life.


Yogability provides free yoga classes to children and adults with physical disabilities, special needs, their carers and other barriers to entry. We also run mainstream classes on a donation basis.

Beach Wheelchairs

Beach Wheelchairs is a Scottish Charity which believes that everyone has the right to enjoy our beautiful beaches. Each site has a range of beach wheelchairs and equipment, and you can see what is available and details of how to contact us by clicking on one of the tabs in the menu at the top of the page.

Inclusive Skating

Inclusive Skating helps all skaters learn to skate with their families and carers in a supportive environment. Ice Skating and Inclusive Skating competitions for skaters with additional challenges are open to all, come and join the community.

Riding for the Disabled

RDA is an inclusive and diverse organisation. They welcome clients with physical and learning disabilities and autism, and there are no age restrictions. With fun activities like riding and carriage driving, they provide therapy, fitness, skills development and opportunities for achievement.


Possobilities is a Glasgow based charity which is able to offer support through social groups and community-led activities in a welcoming environment. 

Live Active (NHS GG&C)

Through the support of the highly trained and qualified Live Active Advisors, they can help you build the confidence you need to make positive lifestyle changes. They will work with you to develop a support package which is right for you. This is provided through one-to-one catch-ups, supported activity sessions and encourage you to set goals, which will leave you feeling great and ensure you’re getting the most out of life. 

Active Health (North Lanarkshire)

North Lanarkshire Leisure’s Active Health Programme in partnership with NHS Lanarkshire provides a range of supported programmes to help individuals realise the benefits of becoming more physically active whilst also assisting those who are recovering from minor or even more serious illness.

Certain areas will offer accessible swimming and we would advise contacting your local pool/leisure centre to find out what facilities they have available. 

You can also find out more about local physical activity opportunities by visiting your Local Authority website:

Glasgow Life

Inverclyde Leisure

East Renfrewshire Cuture and Leisure

East Dunbartonshire Leisure Trust

West Dunbartonshire Leisure Trust

Renfrewshire Leisure Trust

North Lanarkshire Leisure

South Lanarkshire Leisure

North Ayrshire Leisure

South Ayrshire Leisure

Last Updated: 15 July 2021