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.
With the latest Government Covid-19 guidance stating that we should practice social distancing and self-isolation where applicable it is more important than ever to look after your physical 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 inside where possible and outside once a day.
If you are able to go outside, consider walking or gardening (keeping the recommended 2 metres from others as outlined in the social distancing guidance).
If you are staying 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.
There are also a range of other exercise tips and resources on this page to help.
Being active reduces the risk of developing many diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers. It also improves mental health, sleep, concentration and mood.
Participation in physical activity and sport is essential to our health and wellbeing. Being active is about personal fulfilment, having fun and connecting with others. It can prevent and reduce stress, anxiety and depression.
Engagement in physical activity and sport can also help to address a range of social issues; with community inclusion, crime reduction, skill development and lifelong learning among the most prominent.
It is recommended that you should carry out at least 30 minutes’ moderate activity, five days a week and two 30-minute strengthening sessions. Read more about the NHS physical activity guidelines.
Find out more about the benefits of being active
So what counts?
The downloadable info-graphics at the bottom of this page show a range of ways different people can engage in physical activity and the benefits you will feel.
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.
Looking for a specific sport to get back into or try for the first time?
Want to work out but put off by expensive gym membership?
- A range of leisure facilities are available across the Borough run by Better Lambeth's Sports and Leisure partner.
- Green Legacy coloured Gyms are proven to raise sports participation in local communities. No membership fees, just turn up and work out for free.
- Our Parks offers free outdoor exercise sessions suitable for all levels of fitness .
Interested in finding something a little bit different?
- Are you Over 50 and looking to try something new? Silverfit gives you the opportunity try a new activity that you could end up loving.
- Alternatively Man v Fat uses footballing camaraderie and competition to help overweight men 'fight against fat' where they find other weight loss programmes unappealing.
- PRIME 35+ offer free football sessions to 'Men in their Prime' at the Black Prince Trust each Saturday from 10 to 11am. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07432046752.
- This Girl Can is a campaign designed to get all women aged 14 – 25 years old in the borough moving more and having a laugh while doing so.
- Disability Sports Coach create worthwhile sport and physical activity opportunities that have a positive impact on disabled people's lives. Check out the multiple sports offered by Club Lambeth.
- SportsFusion is an organisation focused on delivering excellent sports provision for young people throughout the community. They aim to develop the mind through educating and learning skills, the body through health based approach to physical activities and goals through a good competitive approach to sports.
Don't worry if organised sport isn't your thing there are still plenty of ways to get active in Lambeth:
- Good gym combine volunteering with physical activity every Tuesday at 6:45pm starting at Papas Park.
- Free Parkruns in Brockwell Park and Clapham Common.
- Lambeth Community Health Walking Scheme.
- TfL has produced information on scenic and interesting walks all across central and Greater London.
Help for physical pain
ESCAPE-pain is a free 12 week rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain, that integrates educational self-management and coping strategies with an exercise regimen individualised for each participant. It helps people understand their condition, teaches them simple things they can help themselves with, and takes them through a progressive exercise programme so they learn how to cope with pain better.
The programme is delivered at multiple locations across the 6 South East London boroughs. Ask your GP or physiotherapist about a referral or look online to find your nearest class.
- The Active 10 app will help you get into the habit of walking briskly for 10 minutes every day,
- Couch to 5K is designed to get you off the couch and running 5km in just nine weeks.
- The iPrescribe Exercise app creates a 12-week exercise plan based on health information entered by the user] This helps improve your overall health, but can also be used to manage a number of long-term health conditions and help those at risk of developing them become more active.
- The SidekickHealth app sets challenges to help you achieve a healthier lifestyle and reduce the risk of developing serious conditions like diabetes.
3. Weight management programme
Weight management service
Please note that due to the Covid-19 outbreak the Lambeth Tier 2 Weight Management service has been suspended until further notice and will not be taking any new referrals.
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.
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.