Reasons to be physically active
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
- 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.