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Physical activity


Physical activity and exercise can really boost your mental health and wellbeing. Studies have shown that exercising is a helpful way to reduce depression, stress and anxiety.

Getting active is also one of the Five Ways to Wellbeing. Learn more here about the other ways to wellbeing on our Five Ways to Wellbeing page.



Organisations and projects

Active East Lothian is a website linking you in with local physical exercise and sports activitities, training opportunities, events and resources to help you stay active in your local community.

East Lothian Active Choices is a physical activity referral service for adults in East Lothian who are currently suffering from mild/moderate mental health conditions, weight management problems, or long term or chronic illnesses. 

Ageing Well aims to provide a range of opportunities to encourage the over 50s in East Lothian to increase their physical activity levels. Being more active is good for your health and Ageing Well offers a wide variety of activities designed to suit all tastes.

East Lothian walking group is free to join and walks are graded depending on the amount of ascent, descent, gradient and terrain. This way you can pick the walk that suits you best.

East Lothian Council‘s website can help you find out more about sports centres, pitches and pavilions, classes and lessons, fitness classes swimming pools and leisure passes/memberships

Street Soccer hosts a mental health-friendly football drop-in Prestonpans

Paths for All‘s vision is for a happier, healthier Scotland where physical activity improves the quality of life and wellbeing for all.

Venture Trust supports people, at any stage in their life, struggling with issues such as long term unemployment, recovery from addiction, homelessness, isolation, involvement in the criminal justice system in Scotland, and a history of trauma or harm.

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!


Improve your wellbeing

If you’re experiencing low mood, anxiety, or stress in your life, looking into self-help activities and ideas might be the right option for you.