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Benefits of being physically active

Being ‘physically inactive’ means not doing enough physical activity (not meeting the Australian P.A guidelines). However being ‘sedentary’ means sitting or lying for long periods of time. So even though a person may be physically active or meet the P.A guidelines they may still be considered sedentary if they spend a large amount of their day sitting at work or home. Sedentary behaviour is associated with poorer health conditions including increased risk of chronic disease and obesity.

Just a few of the benefits of being physically active

  • Reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes – or help manage it
  • Reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease – or help manage it
  • Maintain or improve blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels
  • Prevent weight gain and assist weight loss
  • Improve muscle and bone strength
  • Improves flexibility
  • Helps control bone and joint problems (e.g arthritis)
  • Helps maintain and increase joint movement
  • Improve mental health, reduces stress and anxiety
  • Improve overall wellbeing and energy levels
  • Improves sleep patterns and relaxation
  • Improves concentration, brain function and helps reduce the risk of developing dementia
  • And more…

See what 1 Life can provide to increase physical activity