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IMPORTANCE OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Being active is good for the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. People of all ages can benefit and improve the quality of their lives and enhance their physical and mental health through a life-long practice of moderate intensity physical activity. Increasing physical activity levels has real benefits for families, communities and for us as individuals.

Some Benefits of physical activity:

Increases

  • Fitness, stamina and energy
  • Lean muscle, muscle strength and bone density
  • Flexibility, coordination, balance and development of a wide range of motor skills
  • Improved immune system
  • Healthy ageing, mobility, independence and quality of life in older adults
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Concentration

Reduces

  • Chronic illness and disability
  • Body fat, overweight and obesity
  • Falls and injuries in older people
  • Feelings of fatigue, depression, stress and anxiety
  • Risks of menstrual symptoms, constipation and back pain
  • Risk of postnatal depression
  • Risk of asthma
  • Risk of osteoporosis and symptoms of arthritis
  • Risk of coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease and stroke
  • Risk of colo-rectal and breast cancer

Supports

  • Improved sleep and rehabilitation
  • Weight management
  • Cognitive functioning, memory learning and better performance at school
  • Improved mood, quality of life, sense of well-being and long term health

Thank you
Jenny Hill - College Nurse

Resource: Physical Activity Taskforce, Government of WA