NHS Walsall Community Health staff

Physical Activity

Get Active

Physical activity improves health and well-being. It reduces stress, strengthens the heart and lungs, increases energy levels, helps you maintain and achieve a healthy body weight and it improves your outlook on life.


For adults, Over a week, activity should add up to at least 150 minutes (2.5 hours) of moderate intensity activity in bouts of 10 minutes or more - one way to approach this is to do 30 minutes on at least 5 days a week. Physical activity to improve muscle strength should take place on at least two days a week.


For seniors that are at risk of falls, physical activity to improve balance and coordination should be incorporated on at least two days of the week.


For children, regular physical activity is essential for healthy growth and development so all children aged 5-18 should engage in moderate to vigorous intensity activity for at least 60 minutes and up to several hours a day. Vigorous activity to strengthen muscle and bone, should be incoporated ay least three days a week and avoid the amount of time spent being sedentary.  


Being physically active not only strengthens your body, it also makes you feel good about yourself.


Walsall's Physical Activity Team are here to help you make wise choices about physical activity; choices that will improve your health, help prevent disease and allow you to get the most out of life.


The team has developed a wide range of activity sessions for all ages and levels of fitness, from gentle aerobics and family dance to circuit training and the sessions are available at different venues across the borough. There are sessions during the day, evenings and on Saturdays. 

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For more information about the Physical Activity Service and the FREE activity sessions that take place, please contact the team on:  01922 444 044.