Physical activity is not only good for your physical health, but also has a bunch of other positive spin-offs. This includes helping you cope with life’s daily demands, giving you extra energy, enjoying an active lifestyle, and connecting with others in the community.
- You’ll be in better overall health.
- You’ll have more energy.
- You’ll have better posture and balance.
- You’ll have stronger muscles and bones.
- It’s fun.
- It raises your self-esteem.
- It helps you manage your weight.
- It improves your fitness.
- It can improve your sleep.
- You’ll feel more relaxed, and less stressed!
So starting moving more and enjoy the benefits!
“Mauri tu, mauri ora – an active soul is a healthy soul."
The All Right? campaign reminds us about the importance of being active and moving more for our mental health and wellbeing! A recent report on physical activity and mental health showed that:
- People with high levels of regular physical activity have been shown to have higher levels of positive emotions compared to people with moderate and low levels of physical activity.
- Studies have shown that participants report feeling more awake and calmer directly after being physically active compared to periods on inactivity.
- Highly active individuals have been shown to have lower stress rates compared to low active.
- Physical activity may enhance sleep quality which in turn improves wellbeing.
- Physical activity is also thought to have a role in preventing serious mental illness such as depression.
So... had a good boogie lately? When did you last get your sweat on? Tried something a little different lately?
Check out the Mental Health Foundation website for easy ways to add activity into your day as part of the Five Ways to Wellbeing.
People who sit too much every day are at an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and shorter life spans. More than one-half of an average person's day is spent being sedentary - sitting, watching television or working at a computer.
Remember you will benefit from sitting less - even if you are physically active every day . Participation in regular physical activity does not fully mitigate the health risks associated with prolonged sitting.
Download the Rise & Recharge app to remind you to get out of your chair.
- Keep moving during COVID-19
- Benefits of being active
- Recommended daily activity
- Easy ways to move more
- Getting started
- Support programmes
- Keeping motivated
- Parents and caregivers
- Under fives
- Children and young people
- Older adults
- Active with a disability
- Active with a health condition
- Expecting and new mums