Walking is underrated as a form of exercise, but it's one of the easiest ways to get more activity into your day, lose weight and become healthier. Research shows that people who fit moderate activity, such as walking, into their daily life burn more energy than those who make weekly visits to the gym.

Try to fit walking into your routine by ditching the car for short journeys, walking all or part of your journey to work, getting off the bus or train one stop early and planning longer walks at the weekends. To reap the health benefits, aim to walk 10,000 steps a day, which can burn up to 400 calories. To keep track of your walking, use a pedometer.

East Staffordshire Borough Council offers a programme of organised health walks

Strength and Flex workouts

East Staffordshire Borough Council’s Meadowside Leisure Centre and Uttoxeter Leisure Centre offer a range of health and fitness services to meet the needs of all our residents. From low cost gym members to an array of fitness classes, your sure to find something suitable. Or if you prefer to work out in the water, then our Swimfit sessions will be perfect.


Rediscover the truly invigorating and liberating experience of riding a bike and boost your health in the process. Figures show that about 42% of Britons own a bike. Whether you’re cycling to work, to school, to the shops or just for fun, the humble bicycle is an easy way to get more active.

Cycling to work is one of the easiest ways of fitting exercise into your day. It'll also save you money on petrol or public transport costs. If you don’t have a bike, you may be able to get a cheap bike through the Cycle to Work scheme.

Visit our dedicated cycling pages and discover a whole host of information to get you started, from, places and routes to find, hints and tips on bike maintenance, guided bike rides, training courses and adapted cycle hire.

Exercise outside

If you prefer to exercise outdoors, then our facilities at Shobnall Leisure Complex , will suit you down to the ground. East Staffordshire’s premier athletics venue offers residents a flood lit athletics track, as well as golf, tennis, badminton and skate boarding facilities.