Six benefits of regular physical activity
3 April 2017
It's a great way to feel better, boost your health and have fun!
You know exercise is good for you, but do you know how good? From boosting your mood to controlling your weight, find out how exercise can improve your life…
The benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are hard to ignore. Whatever your age, there’s strong scientific evidence that being physically active can help you lead a healthier and happier life.
Take a look at these six benefits:
- Exercise controls weight – Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn.
- Exercise combats health conditions and diseases – Exercise can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%.
- Exercise improves mood – Research shows that physical activity can improve your mood, as well as reducing your risk of stress and depression. When you exercise regularly, you may also feel better about your appearance and yourself, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.
- Exercise boosts energy – Getting regular physical activity can also make you feel more energetic, improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance.
- Exercise promotes better sleep – Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster, deepen your sleep, and improve your sleep quality. Don't exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too full of energy to get to sleep.
- Exercise can be fun – Exercise gives you a chance to unwind, enjoy the outdoors or simply engage in activities that make you happy. Physical activity can also help you connect with family or friends in a fun social setting. So, take a dance class, go for a long walk or join a soccer team.
To help you on your fitness journey why not use the free Wellbeing Zone health and fitness app? Or enquire about how Kent Sport can help at the Sports Centre or Pavilion receptions. To keep up to date with Kent Sport, find UniKentSports on social media.