If you are new to physical activity, or would like to return after a long break, it can be daunting and you may be unsure where to start. On this page there are plenty of ideas and inspiration to get you started, whether you want to get active with others, or from the comfort of your own home.
If you're stuck on where to start, take a look at the resource below developed by Age UK. It is packed full of activities to get involved in across Wiltshire. Take a look and see whether there are any you fancy!
Join one of the many walking groups available in Wiltshire and Swindon and meet like-minded people whilst getting active and exploring the beautiful Wiltshire countryside.
- Get Wiltshire Walking is a public health funded programme offering free weekly walks in 18 locations across the county. Each walk has its regular starting venue on the same day and time every week, and is often followed by coffee and a chat.
- Step Out Swindon offer group walks in 8 locations in Swindon, led by friendly, specially trained volunteers.
- The Salisbury Walking for Health Group is organised and run by volunteers. There are three types of walks available to cater for all abilities.
- The Community WALX Swindon project is an initiative set up by the Live Well Swindon team (Swindon Borough Council) in collaboration with Wiltshire and Swindon Sport (WASP) supported through National Lottery funding. This initiative aims to provide low cost peer led pole walking in green spaces all over Swindon. The team will comprise of qualified Exercise Referral Instructors, Community WALX Coaches and volunteer WALX Leaders.
If you're interested in finding out about the benefits of walking, have a read of the document below.
If you enjoy walking, but want to get a little competitive and play within a team, why not try a walking sport?
Walking sports are traditional sports played at a slower, walking pace. This means they are accessible to older people, people who thought they could never play again due to injury, age or medical condition or people that have never played before but would like to start something social, fun and enjoyable.
Fitness and Friendship Clubs
WASP has a long-standing partnership arrangement with Age UK Wiltshire. Together we are shaping and providing support and services for older people including our successful Fitness & Friendship clubs operating across the county.
Find out more below.
A range of activities you can do at home inspired by Walking Sports offered in our county.
Activities to try at home, including a strength building resistance band programme, and ideas to get active in Salisbury.
Ideas to get active from the comfort of your own home, and information on programmes to get active in your local community.
Looking for more activities to do at home? Click here to find more activity packs and videos developed by our partners to support you.