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 5 Winning 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