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5 July 2013

Mature women exercising

Whatever your age, staying active can help you lead a healthier and happier life. Exercise, along with a healthy diet, is the most effective way of losing weight. It can also cut the risk chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some cancers.


Physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s.


To learn more, the NHS has information about:



Essex has many parks that are perfect places for getting active while enjoying the countryside.


There is a range of physical activity options across the county. For information in your local area, contact your local district, borough or city council, or visit Active Essex.