Physical Activity

Lack of physical activity is the 4th leading risk factor in early death. People who are not physically active enough for their health are more at risk compared to those who engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity most days of the week.

"the potential benefits of physical activity to health are huge. if a medication existed which had a similar effect, it would be regarded as a 'wonder drug' or 'miracle cure." (CMO annual report 2009)

Moderate means:

Slightly out of breath but still able to talk, with an increased heart rate.

Feel warmer = hearts beating a bit faster.

Brisk walking = Moderate

Participation in 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week or its equivalent is estimated to reduce the risk of heart disease by approximately 30%, the risk of diabetes by 27% and the risk of breast and colon cancer by 21%. Additionally, regular physical activity lowers the risk of stroke, hypertension and depression. It is a key determinant of energy expenditure and thus fundamental to energy balance and weight control.

Walking is the most frequent mode of physical activity recommended from health professionals.


Health Walks

Put Your West Foot Health Walks are now being coordinated by Ageing Well. For further information and programmes, please contact

The Broxburn Gentle Walk and Buddy Walking is now coordinated by RVS. Further information about the Broxburn walk can be found on the Paths For All website (opens new window).

For Buddy Walking please contact West Lothian Buddy Walking

Livingston Health Walk is now being run independently and can be found on Facebook as 'Livingston Health Walk'


All ability cycling

Inclusive Cycling activities is delivered by West Lothian Bike Library. For up to date information , please contact West Lothian Bike Library

West Lothian Bike Library website (opens new window)


West Lothian's Play Strategy

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West Lothian's West Lothian Play Strategy (PDF) [1MB] (opens new window)  sets out the vision that 'West Lothian is a place where play is valued as an essential, life enhancing daily experience for all our children and young people.'

There is a commitment to work across all areas in the Community Planning Partnership to deliver the best play opportunities we can offer to our children and young people.

Further information on play can be found on (opens new window)