Physical Activities

Self-Care

Physical activities/exercise are a great way to improve your physical and mental wellbeing and can help reduce the risk developing diseases like cancer or type 2 diabetes.

If you are regularly physically active, you may:

  • reduce your risk of a heart attack
  • manage your weight better
  • have a lower blood cholesterol level
  • lower the risk of type 2 diabetes and some cancers
  • have lower blood pressure
  • have stronger bones, muscles and joints and lower risk of developing osteoporosis
  • lower your risk of falls
  • recover better from periods of hospitalisation or bed rest
  • feel better – with more energy, a better mood, feel more relaxed and sleep better.

Numerous studies have shown that exercise gives you a healthier mind set, particularly reducing the development of depression

  • Exercise may block negative thoughts or distract you from daily worries.
  • Exercising with others provides an opportunity for increased social contact.
  • Increased fitness may lift your mood and improve your sleep patterns.
  • Exercise may also change levels of chemicals in your brain, such as serotonin, endorphins, and stress hormones.

Through years of research, it is recommended to do a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity a day, whether that be moderate or intense, this is up to you. You can start slowly and build yourself up, try getting off a bus stop earlier than usual and walk a bit further, or cycle if you can to where you are going.

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