In light of Covid-19 the guidelines around physical activity and exercise have changed. Please review this page for further information.

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1. Why get active?

The council's vision is for all people in Lambeth to be physically active in their daily lives.

We know it can often feel that life is too busy to get fit and be active - but making time for some form of physical activity each day can actually be fun and really easy.

There are a range of exercise tips and resources on this page to help.

Covid-19

The UK Government has now updated its Covid-19 guidance on physical activity and in the context of the pandemic it remains just as important as ever to look after your physical health and wellbeing.

Your physical health has a big impact on how you are feeling emotionally and mentally. At times like these, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour which in turn can make you feel worse. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and exercise regularly.

If you are able to go outside, there are a range of facilities now open in the local area including sports pitches and swimming pools.

If you still prefer to stay at home, you can find free easy 10 minute work outs from Public Health England or other exercise videos to try at home on the NHS Fitness Studio.

Better Health Campaign

Public Health England has launched a major new adult health campaign to seize the opportunity for a national reset moment.

Better Health will help capture the imagination of the nation, using this unique moment in time to help kick start our health to eat better and get active

The brand-new Better Health webpage provides tools to help people manage their weight loss – from checking their BMI, to getting access to free support tools including the NHS 12-week weight loss plan.

The NHS 12-week weight loss plan, available via a new app, promotes evidence based safe and sustainable weight loss.

It helps users to make healthier choices, by providing the most up to date evidence based healthy eating and physical activity advice in a magazine format that enables them to keep track of their calorie intake, portions of fruit and veg, physical activity level and teaches skills to prevent weight gain.

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2. Find physical activity

Get Active London is a project designed to bring together all of London's Sport and Physical activity offerings into one up-to-date information hub. Find local activities near you.

Want to Get Active but not sure where to start? Check out Go Mammoth for a range of social sports leagues and fitness classes.

Into Sport is Disability Advice Service Lambeth's exciting service to support Disabled people to become more physically active and to take part in sport and activities alongside non-disabled people.

Use this event finder to discover local sports and exercise activities happening in Lambeth.

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3. Weight management programme

Weight management service

If you’re a patient registered with a Lambeth GP, you can ask for a referral to the new weight management service provided by Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Trust.

This high-quality, individualised service will include both practical sessions to increase physical activity levels and education to improve quality of diet and reduce energy intake. The combination will help users achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

GP Referral

You will need to ask your GP to make a referral for a clinical assessment. You will be assessed on whether the programme is right for you based on your body mass index (BMI), any long-term health conditions, such as diabetes, and your motivation to change and stick to the plan to find your healthy weight.

For more information please visit the Guy's and St Thomas NHS website.