Residents will be pleased to learn that Richmond has been rated as the third most fittest place in England.

A report published by Medicspot revealed that 77 per cent of adults in the borough either meet or exceed the NHS guidelines for exercise, which is considered to be higher than average for England.

Dr Johnson D'souza, Medical Director at Medicspot, said: “It's important for our health that we all get at least 150 minutes of moderate activity a week, such as from riding a bike or brisk walking.

It's very encouraging to see Richmond residents rising to this challenge.

“Vigorous intensity activity makes you breathe hard and fast.

"This includes running, skipping, riding a bike uphill, and sports like football, rugby and netball.”

The NHS suggests that adults should be doing a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity a week to stay healthy.

It also advises that 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity can give similar health benefits to 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity.

A physically active lifestyle has been shown to help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease and stroke compared to those with a sedentary lifestyle.

Regular exercise has also been associated with a reduced risk of diabetes, obesity and certain types of cancer, as well as having a positive effect on mental health.

The top ten places for physical activity:

1. Bath and North East Somerset

2. Isles of Scilly

3. Richmond upon Thames

4. Brighton and Hove

5. York

6. Islington

7. Isle of Wight

8. Bracknell Forest

9. Southwark

10. Cheshire East

The bottom ten places for physical activity:

1. Wolverhampton

2. Newham

3. Blackpool

4. Rotherham

5. Slough

6. Barking and Dagenham

7. Dudley

8. North East Lincolnshire

9. Kirklees

10. Stoke-on-Trent