Sport and your health

David Weir

David Weir, Paralympic superhuman

Paralympic superhero David Weir talks about his London 2012 success and how he got into wheelchair racing.

Sarah Storey

Sarah Storey: Britain's most decorated female Paralympian

Britain's most decorated female Paralympian Sarah Storey talks about sport, disability and winning gold medals in two different sports.

Susie Wood

'My first marathon'

Susie Wood wasn't very sporty before she ran her first marathon, but was inspired by friends to try running.

Squash for fitness

Squash is good for your heart, can help relieve stress and tension, and is a great social sport.

David Roberts

David Roberts: 'Swimming is my life'

Paralympian David Roberts says swimming is much more than a sport – it's a life skill.

Health benefits of rock climbing

Find out about rock climbing's unique physical and mental challenge, and the life skills it can teach.

An Olympic athlete's diet

Find out what a typical Olympic rower eats to power their gruelling training regime.

Aim for health with archery

As a sport that people of all ages and abilities can take part in together, archery is a great family activity.

Bowls: a good way to keep active

Bowls is a sport for everyone, whether you're 9 or 99, and attracts around 1 million players in Britain.

Ian Rose

Paralympic medallist Ian Rose: 'Judo gave me confidence'

Paralympic medallist Ian Rose reveals how playground teasing set him on course to become a judo champion.

Olympian James Williams

Fencing for fun and fitness

Fencing is great for co-ordination, balance, flexibility and fitness. It's also fun.

Tune up for table tennis

Find out about the health benefits of table tennis and how to get into the world's fastest racket sport.

Jean Boatman

Rowing, canoeing, kayaking and your health

Rowing, canoeing and kayaking are for good exercise for people of all ages and abilities.

Fitness training tips

Guide to fitness training, with tips on building stamina, strength and flexibility, as well as diet and motivation.

Food and drinks for sport

Find out how a healthy diet can support your exercise regime.

It's boom time for badminton

It's easy to learn, fun and affordable. No wonder badminton is England's most popular racket sport.


The England team's successes have encouraged more people to try cricket. Find out how you can get involved.


The winning British Olympic team has inspired people across the country to try curling.

Get hooked on hockey

Hockey is the sixth most popular team sport in Britain and is great for building stamina and fitness.


Rounders isn't just for school kids: more and more adults are getting into the summer game.

Sam Dunkley, 8

Great exercise for children: football

Sam, aged 8, got fit and grew in confidence by playing football at an after-school club.

Luke Harman, 9

Great exercise for children: kickboxing

Luke Harman, aged nine, who is visually impaired, takes kickboxing classes to improve his fitness.

Get fit wrestling

Wrestling is a true test of grit, determination and athleticism for men and women of all ages.

Services near you

Find addresses, phone numbers and websites for services near you


What's your sport?

Find out which sport you're best suited to with this short psychological and aptitude test

Find your sport

Get running with Couch to 5K

Our C25K plan is designed to get just about anyone off the couch and running 5km in nine weeks

5K+ running podcasts for C25K graduates

Take your running to the next level with new podcasts for Couch to 5K graduates

Strength and Flex

Download our Strength and flexibility podcast series and get a free personal trainer

Cycling for beginners

Whether it's to get to work or school, or just for fun, get started in cycling with this beginners' guide

Swimming for fitness

Get started in swimming with this beginners' guide to making swimming fun and safe

Try something new: kung fu

Kung fu teacher Ben demonstrates why a martial arts class can be a fun, social alternative to the gym

Try something new: American football

Adam tries out American football, a sport with a range of benefits for fitness and having fun with friends.

Media last reviewed: 22/05/2015

Next review due: 22/05/2017