Physical inactivity is an important risk factor for many different health problems, including heart disease, osteoporosis, hypertension, strokes, non-insulin dependent diabetes, obesity and depression.
Regular physical activity helps with weight management, there appears to be a strong positive link between people who can and do engage in moderate exercise and lower levels of obesity. Vigorous exercise is associated with a further improvement in obesity levels.
The Active People’s Survey suggests that Bournemouth has much lower rates of inactivity than most of the country, Dorset and Poole have higher rates of inactivity. There is considerable local variation in physical activity, including the proportion of people reporting playing sport at least once a week. Areas of Dorset showing particularly low rates of participation tend to be areas of high deprivation.