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Physical activity

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Everyone needs to be active and eat well to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It increases your quality of life and your sense of wellbeing. Being physically active is one of the most important things you can do for your health – no matter how old you are. 

Our bodies were designed to move, not to sit most of the day at work, home or in an office. There's no shortage of evidence that regular physical activity is good for you. Many of us have experienced ourselves just how satisfying it can be to climb into bed pleasantly tired after a day of being physically active. Physical activity reduces your risk of a range of health conditions, and helps you manage the ones you already have.

It doesn’t have to be half an hour at the gym – physical activity includes:

  • walking
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • dancing
  • sport and recreation (structured and unstructured)
  • gardening
  • housework
  • active transport (eg, walking to the shops, cycling to work or school)
  • a physical job.

Even small increases in physical activity can improve your health. It’s never too early or late to start.


More information about Physical activity

Reasons to be physically active

Being active is one of the most important things you can do for your health.

Physical activity and Mental Health

Exercise is vital for a healthy body, but it's just as important for a healthy mind.

Physical activity and pregnancy

If there are no problems with your pregnancy, you can still do some exercise.

Don't sit all day

Even small breaks from prolonged sitting are good for health.