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Reasons to be physically active

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Be physically active helps to:

  • controls weight
  • combat health conditions and disease
  • improve mood
  • boost energy
  • promotes better sleep
  • put the spark back into your sex life

From preventing some cancers to alleviating depression, being physically active has a multitude of benefits over slouching on the couch.

  • Regular moderate physical activity is good for your body – physically and mentally
  • Physical activity can help alleviate and prevent common conditions and diseases.
  • physical activity reduces the risk of death or ill health from many diseases and conditions, especially:
    • heart diseases and strokes
    • some cancers
    • Type 2 diabetes
    • osteoarthritis and osteoporosis
    • falls in older people
    • obesity
    • depression and anxiety
    • high blood pressure.

There's a whole range of other health benefits, including help with digestion and poor posture. Being active can promote regular sleep and a healthy body weight, avoiding the poor health effects associated with insomnia and obesity.

Regular physical activity is just as important for a healthy mind. Physical activity not only appears to reduce the symptoms and frequency of depression but, better still, reduces the risk of becoming depressed at all. It also improves self-esteem, coping skills and cognitive functioning among those living with depression.

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