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Physical activity

Physical activity and exercise can really boost your mental health and wellbeing. Studies have shown that exercising is a helpful way to reduce depression, stress and anxiety.

Getting active is also one of the Five Ways to Wellbeing. Learn more here about the other ways to wellbeing on our Five Ways to Wellbeing page.

Organisations and projects

Ageing Well aims to provide a range of opportunities to encourage the over 50s in West Lothian to increase their physical activity levels. Being more active is good for your health and Ageing Well offers a wide variety of activities designed to suit all tastes.

Cycling UK manages the Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme. If you need a helping hand to get your bike into shape, this scheme provides free repair and maintenance work up to the value of £50!

Paths for All‘s vision is for a happier, healthier Scotland where physical activity improves the quality of life and wellbeing for all.

Venture Trust supports people, at any stage in their life, struggling with issues such as long term unemployment, recovery from addiction, homelessness, isolation, involvement in the criminal justice system in Scotland, and a history of trauma or harm.

West Lothian Bike Library supports people to get active and connected through cycling, and tackles inequalities in health by making cycling an activity for all, regardless of background, income or ability. 

Xcite/West Lothian Leisure is a community hub for fitness, sport, leisure and wellbeing in West Lothian.

There is a wide selection of sports clubs in West Lothian such as martial arts, swimming, tennis, football, handball, gymnastics and more! See a full list on the West Lothian Sports Council website.

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