Physical activity is good for both our physical health and our mental wellbeing. It helps to prevent and manage a range of health conditions (such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and certain cancers), helps to maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints and can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia.
An active lifestyle can also be a great way to increase energy levels, combat anxiety, reduce stress, raise self-esteem, and improve sleeping habits.
Being active can take place anytime, and anywhere to suit your lifestyle. It could be in the home, the garden, activities in the park, within community settings or at a leisure facility such as your local swimming pool or gym.
Physical Activity can incorporate
active living (e.g. gardening, DIY),
active travel (e.g. walking and cycling),
active recreation (e.g. games, leisure activities, dance and play) and
active sport (e.g. informal sports such as “back to” games, badminton, table tennis, walking football).
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Sport and Active Lifestyles site