Be Active

Regular physical activity benefits all ages and stages of life. All movement is beneficial whether around the house or in your own garden if you have one and being active can also help maintain muscle strength and reduce the risk of falls.

NHS exercise service for Merton

There are lost of different activities available for all ages and abilities across the London Borough of Merton to help you to be more active.

If you would like to speak to a health advisor about support to do more physical activity then you can call us on

020 8973 3545
Activity Finder

The London Borough of Merton has launched a new Activity Finder to help residents find healthy activities and sports clubs, as it continues its journey to become London’s Borough of Sport. The Activity Finder website is designed to make it easier for anyone looking to take up a new sport or activity in their area by bringing all our local clubs and organisations together into one easy-to-navigate website.

Beat The Street

Have you heard of Beat The Street?  It involves registering for a card which is used to tap ‘Beat Boxes’ across the borough to earn rewards. Beat The Street is coming to Merton from 15th March to 26th April. Find out more on the link below.

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The importance of being active

Being active is important to our health and wellbeing as it’s good for our bodies and also good for our mental health.  If your not sure how you can start to be more active try downloading the Active 10 app on this page which measures how much brisk walking you are doing.

Active 10 app

An NHS exercise app that anyone can use!  Being active outdoors can offer a welcome change of scene.  If you’re not used to exercise even a brisk 10-minute walk can have significant health benefits.  Download the Active 10 app to find out how much brisk walking you are doing and how you could build more exercise into your day.

Keep moving

You don’t need fancy equipment or a gym membership to keep active.  The important thing is to try and do some kind of activity every day, even if this is just going for a short walk.  By building activity into your day you should also find it easier to keep active throughout the day as well.

Couch to 5k app

An excellent NHS exercise app, which is very popular! If you’ve never tried running try Couch to 5K which takes you step by step through a 9-week course and before you know it you’ll be running 5K!  The Couch to 5K programme is very gradual and encourages you to get active at your own pace.  You can choose from a number of celebrity’s who will guide you through the course and you can even listen to your own music at the same time!  Download the Couch to 5K app today!

Look after your mental health as well

Being active is important, but it’s also equally important to look after your mental health.  Use the Every Mind Matters ‘Mind Plan’ tool to find simple tips to look after your mental health.