Physical activity refers to any activity that raises your heart rate, makes you feel warmer, and shortens your breath. Taking regular physical activity will help maintain a healthy heart, control weight, help you sleep better, reduce stress, give you more energy and reduce the risk of some types of cancer.
It is important to try and keep active including taking regular exercise no matter who you are.
Children need to play games and keep active no matter what their age to help them grow physically and mentally, and prevent them developing poor habits for later life.
Adults need to keep active to ensure that they have healthy hearts, and to help them prevent the risk of illness and mobility problems in later life.
Older people need to ensure that they take regular activity to help maintain their mobility and to help prevent the risk of falling.
What are the health benefits of physical activity?
Physical activity is essential if you want to live a healthy and fulfilling life into old age. It's medically proven that people who do regular physical activity have:
- up to a 35% lower risk of Chronic Heart Disease and Stroke
- up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes
- up to a 50% lower risk of colon cancer
- up to a 20% lower risk of breast cancer
- up to a 30% lower risk of early death
- up to an 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis
- up to a 68% lower risk of hip fracture
- up to a 30% lower risk of falls (in older adults)
- up to a 30% lower risk of depression
- up to a 30 % lower risk of dementia
- Can boost self esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing stress
Moderate intensity aerobic exercise is when you're working hard enough to raise your heart rate and break a sweat. A good way to tell if you are working at a moderate intensity is if you can still speak but not sing.
- Fast walking
- Water aerobics
- Riding a bike
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