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Physical activity


Physical activity benefits many parts of the body – the heart, skeletal muscles, bones, blood (for example, cholesterol levels), the immune system and the nervous system and can reduce many of the risk factors for NCDs (non- communicable diseases such as cancer, heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes)



Being a bit more active is easier than you think!

Following the inspirational Team GB at the Olympics and the Paralympics set to amaze and astound us; the truth is that us mere mortals could all do with being a bit more active. Whilst most of us think about increasing our levels of physical activity, not everyone finds it easy to take that decision.

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  • You CAN Cycle on Cornwall's byways and bridleways

    Not many people are aware that they can legally cycle on Byways and Bridleways and the purpose of this initiative is to raise awareness of this fantastic free resource.

    You can cycle legally on all of Cornwall’s Byways and Bridleways - and it’s free! Find out more on the where you can and cannot cycle in the Countryside page.

    Get out and discover Cornwall’s special places! More information about routes and maps can be found on the Cycle Routes and Trails .

  • Run Cornwall

No matter what your age, fitness level, ability or location, we can help you get running in Cornwall!

In partnership with Run England, we are here to help and encourage more people to run, and to run more often... And to help them have fun and enjoyment along the way!

For further information, contact Lewis Sanders on 01872 323344 / 07527 470537 / OR download and complete the Run England Cornwall Registration Form

Getactive Cornwall runs many activites and provides lots of different opportunities across Cornwall. 

Beach Games 

The Cornwall Beach Games has been co-organized by Cornwall Sports Partnership and the Health Promotion Service Healthy Workplace Programme to give Cornish companies and organisations the chance to have some active fun outdoors with their colleagues and to network with other businesses.

Activities involved have included Volleyball, Beach Netball, Tug of War, Relay Races and the famous Sand Castle competition. The games are suitable for all ages, with no previous experience required and all equipment is provided.


  • National Trust Walking Festival


Cornwall has over 50 walks in this Autumns National Trust walking festival.  Each walk has information on the grade, terrain, distance, time to complete and a map. To discover special places on foot this autumn please follow the link below: The National Trusts Great British Walk


  • Walking in the Tamar Valley


The Tamar Valley has something for everyone and offer a full progarmme of walks in the area including;


Walk for Health - every Thursday, aimed at keeping healthy at a gentle pace


Tamar Valley and Saltash Walk and Talk - Mondays and Wednesday morning - walks around the areas


Park Run in the Tamar Valley -  just across from Gunnislake bridge, on the Devon bank of the Tamar valley, a new Parkrun has begun. Visit the Park Run website to find out more.


For more information visit the Tamar Valley Website.


Self-Help Resources



  • Check out how many calories you can burn by using the stairs in local areas HERE

Set Up a Daily Mile

Want an easy to way to get a bit more active in the New Year, and fancy some company doing it? We’re encouraging staff to get a bit more active where possible and take part in the Daily Mile challenge.

The idea is to walk a mile each day. The Daily Mile started in Scotland where it was rolled out across all schools to help tackle childhood obesity levels. Since 2015, The Daily Mile has been adopted by over 2,000 schools in the UK alone, and has proved popular with thousands of children, parents and teachers. Seven schools in Cornwall are already signed up to the Daily Mile Foundation and running a daily mile.

As well as the physical benefits associated with keeping active, it has shown to increase productivity, concentration and mental health - so why not apply it to adults in the workplace.

How to set up a Daily Mile:

  1. Map a mile route around your school, try and choose accessible paths and safe routes. A mile is around 2000 steps on a fitness tracker or smartphone app. You can also map a route out on Strava.
  2. Look through the risk assessment and add anything extra that applies to your location
  3. Add the route to the template poster and promote it amongst your staff
  4. Familiarise yourself with the pre-walk briefing to ensure the safety of yourself and other walkers.
  5. Happy walking!

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