What are the benefits of being active?

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What are the benefits of being active?

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Physical benefits

Keeping active helps to keep your muscles and bones strong and your heart and lungs healthy. Being fit and strong can:

  • Lower your chance of having a fall.
  • Make it easier to live independently in your own home for longer.
  • Help you to feel more energetic and sleep better at night.
  • Reduce your risk of heart attacks, stroke, high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes. If you already have any of these conditions, being active can help manage them.

Mental benefits

Being active is one of the best ways to:

  • Help manage stress.
  • Reduce the risk of anxiety and depression.
  • Help you concentrate and learn.
  • Improve your memory.

Social benefits

Getting out and being active is a great way to connect with your friends and family. Some ideas include:

  • Spend time playing with your grandchildren.
  • Go for a walk with friends.
  • Join a physical activity group to meet new people.

Budget benefits

  • Walking instead of driving can help save petrol. This is good for the environment, and for your wallet!
  • Staying healthy can reduce your healthcare costs in the long-term.

This general advice was accurate at the time of publication (June 2020). For more information about physical activity and your individual needs, see your GP or an Accredited Exercise Physiologist.