Benefits of physical activity
Physical activity can be a lifesaver - literally.
Heart & Stroke
Physical activity can:
dramatically lower your risk of heart disease and stroke help prevent and control risk factors such as:
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
- type 2 diabetes
- certain types of cancer
- reduce stress levels
- increase energy
- improve sleep
- improve digestion
You may see benefits within the first week of regular activity. For example, your blood pressure may improve and you could start to feel more energetic and relaxed. After three months, you may experience better health, improved posture and balance, stronger muscles and bones, more confidence and a more positive outlook on life.
Working out in a gym or playing a sport is great, but being active is about so much more than that. Think of it as how you can use your muscles more in your everyday life. If you drive to work, sit at a desk all day and use all the conveniences of modern life, you probably need to move more.
Making the time to be active with our busy lives can be challenging, but start with 10 minutes and try to build up to at least half an hour of activity a day. Some activity is better than none. And if you spend a lot of time sitting, set reminders to stand up and stretch.
When you think of your day in these terms, it’s easier to get active – it doesn’t have to be expensive or inconvenient. And regular physical activity can help control weight, boost your mood and improve sleep too!