Exercise as Medicine

Regular physical activity is the most important measure anyone can take to prevent disease and maintain good health throughout life.

The government has made recommendations about the amount of exercise which we should perform – 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each week, with muscle strengthening exercise on two days per week. Unfortunately less than 20% of people reach this target. The result is increased risk of developing such conditions as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis, several types of cancer, and ultimately frailty in old age and premature death.

To prevent this catalogue of diseases and to treat them we all need to take exercise – or more exercise. It does not matter which exercise you choose as long as you keep it up. Choose what you will enjoy. If you are not enjoying it you will soon fall by the wayside.

There is an enormous number of exercise and physical activity opportunities available in Alton. They are listed on the Town Council website – go to:


There you will find over 80 different sporting clubs and organisations and some 30 or so venues which host them. There is everything from Archery to Zumba, from Bowls to Walking for Health, from Dance Classes to Kickboxing... Something for everyone.

There is a printed Directory – Active Alton – which is available at the Health Centre front desk as well as at various other sites around the town – the Community Centre, Library etc.

The Active Alton Steering Group. April 2020

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