Physical activity relates to everything that raises your heart rate and burns calories. In Edinburgh, people have access to a number of activities; from visiting a local gym, participating in fitness classes, sports clubs and dance, to active travel, living and playing.  

Improvements to cycling and walking routes in the city have sought to develop a greener, healthier and more accessible transport system. Edinburgh has one of the highest cycling levels of all urban areas in Scotland, with cycling having a valuable role to play as a means of transport, leisure activity and sport. Edinburgh also has a strong traditional base in sport with more than 400 sports clubs in the city.

Physical activity has a positive impact on individuals’ and communities’ physical, mental and social health and wellbeing. It can also reduce the risk of most illnesses including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and depression.


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  • What is great about physical activity and sport in Edinburgh just now?
  • What improvements need to be made in Edinburgh to help people be more active? 
  • What should an active Edinburgh look like in 2050?

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