Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, throughout the past year, some of the information provided in the Gateway website may be outdated or changed. We are trying to resolve this for all organisations; apologies if you have been affected.

What does ‘be active’ mean and how can it help improve my wellbeing?

Being physically active and eating well is one of the ‘five ways to wellbeing’ *

Being active doesn’t necessarily mean vigorous exercise as even gentle exercise can release endorphins which improve physical health and can give a sense of achievement. Being active also takes into account eating a healthy and balanced diet. Examples of being active include:

  • Going for a walk/jog
  • Swimming at the local pool
  • Taking up dancing
  • Having a bicycle ride
  • Playing a sport
  • Doing the garden
  • Trying a fitness class
  • Going to the gym

Organisations in St Helens that provide opportunities to be active include…

  • The Wellbeing Project
  • Community Centres
  • Health Improvement Team
  • Go:Active Leisure Centres
  • Age UK

* source: Foresight Project Mental Capacity and Wellbeing (2008)