Benefits of Physical Activity

The benefits of exercise

How much physical activity is recommended? 30 Minutes of moderate intensity activity per day at least 5 days per week.

What is ‘moderate’ intensity activity? Moderate means when you are breathing a little faster, you feel warmer and you have a slightly faster heart beat when you are physically active.

There are many health and social benefits to participating in physical activity such as;

  • Reduces the risk of dying from heart disease
  • Reduces the risk of developing diabetes
  • Reduces the risk of developing high blood pressure
  • Helps reduce blood pressure in people who already have high blood pressure
  • Reduces the risks of developing colon and breast cancers
  • Reduces feelings of depression and anxiety
  • Helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints
  • Helps older adults become stronger and better able to move about without falling
  • Promotes psychological well-being
  • Better opportunities for social interaction – meeting people or going out in small groups, thus helping to enhance communities