Be active: Six Ways to Wellbeing

We know that there’s a link between staying active and positive mental health and wellbeing. Studies have shown that exercise can help to prevent stress, anxiety and depression, and increase your ability to cope with these if they develop.  

Being active through walking, cycling, gardening, sport or other exercise also has benefits for our physical health and can be a great way of enjoying the outdoors and nature.  

Support to be active in West Lothian 

Paths for All lists walking groups that meet regularly across West Lothian. Walking is a great way to be active, get outdoors, meet other people and it’s free! 

Accredited Sports Clubs in West Lothian lists a wide selection of sports clubs such as martial arts, swimming, tennis, football, handball, gymnastics and more!  

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

Ageing Well provides lots of opportunities for the over 50s in West Lothian to be more physically active which is good for your health. Ageing Well offers a wide variety of activities 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! 

West Lothian Bike Library supports people to get active and connected through cycling, regardless of previous experience or ability.  

Other resources to support being active include: 

Ideas to be active! 

  • Go for a walk during your lunch break 
  • Walk to work instead of taking the bus or get off a stop earlier 
  • Join a local sports club – is there a sport you have always wanted to try? 

Take notice

Taking notice of our thoughts, emotions and surroundings is a great way to stay present and pay attention to our needs

Keep learning

Learning new things is a good way to meet people and boost our self confidence


Acts of kindness can give us a sense of purpose and make us feel happier and more satisfied with life

Financial wellbeing

Money worries, housing and employment can all affect our wellbeing


Connecting with the people around us is a great way to remind ourselves that we’re important and valued by others

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