Being physically active is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Young or old, physical activity brings with it a range of significant benefits. Activity doesn’t have to be vigorous – moderate activity, such as brisk walking, is great for your health! For more info check out Be Active


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Ways in which physical activity can benefit your physical health includes:

  • Helps to prevent heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and prostate and breast cancer
  • Improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Improves fitness
  • Can make bones and muscles stronger
  • Can improve balance and posture
  • Can help maintain a healthy weight
  • Improves the health of your heart
  • Can help you maintain healthy growth and development
  • Maintain and develop flexibility

The Mental Health benefits of physical activity have been recognised for many decades. These include:

  • Improved sleep patterns
  • Help you relax
  • Lower anxiety levels
  • Lower stress levels
  • Reduced feelings of depression

The Social Health benefits of physical activity are equally important, these include:

  • A great way to have fun with friends and make new ones
  • Increases the opportunity for new skills and challenges
  • Boosts confidence and self-esteem
  • Increases general happiness!


Physical activity recommendations

The amount of exercise you should be doing will depend on a number of factors such as your age, lifestyle, current fitness level and state of health. As a general rule, to gain health benefits young people should be exercising for at least 60 minutes each day, and adults (over 18) should be exercising for at least 30 minutes most days of the week. This does not mean that it has to be done all at once - so fitting physical activity into different parts of the day still counts! If you're starting out, remember to be active safely - build up your level of activity slowly, wear comfortable clothes, and drink plenty of water.


Ways to get more active

  • Get off the bus or train a stop earlier and walk the rest of the way home
  • Take stairs instead of using lifts, or walk up the escalators
  • Exercise with a friend as it is more fun and helps to motivate you
  • Make a habit of walking or cycling instead of using the car
  • Do some work in your backyard or garden
  • Try something new such as dance lessons, rock climbing or hip hop etc
  • Park your car further away from your destination and walk the rest of the way
  • Participate in sport that interests you
  • At lunch time go for a walk with a friend and talk, instead of sitting down talking
  • Walk the dog
  • Go for a swim
  • Try yoga, pilates or aquarobics
  • Vary activities so you don't get bored
  • Take horse riding lessons
  • Try skateboarding

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Lower Eyre Health Services
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