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Benefits of exercise

Being physically active is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Research suggests that maintaining a regular active lifestyle is the key to good health and weight management.

Physical health benefits:

  • Reduces risk of heart disease by as much as half
  • Increases recovery from heart attack and reduced risk of having a second heart attack
  • Reduces risk of stoke
  • Reduces risk of having high blood pressure and high cholesterol
  • Prevents and treats non-insulin dependent diabetes
  • Reduces risk of developing and dying from some cancers, such as colon and breast cancers; and assists with coping, rehabilitation and survival from cancer
  • Reduces risk of obesity and weight management
  • Decreases body fat
  • Increases muscle, muscle strength and bone density
  • Reduces risk of chronic disease and death
  • Improves quality of life and long term health
  • Improves fitness and stamina
  • Results in a stronger immune system
  • Increases energy
  • Improves sleep

Mental health benefits:

  • Improves self esteem and confidence
  • Reduces stress, anxiety and depression
  • Improves mood and sense of wellbeing
  • Improves concentration, enhances memory and learning, and better performance at school
  • Reduces feelings of fatigue and depression
  • Improves psychological wellbeing and mental awareness

Environmental benefits

  • Reduces greenhouse emissions
  • Reduces traffic congestion
  • Reduces air pollution
  • Reduces noise pollution

Jenny Hill
College Nurse

Source: Department of Health WA