Why get active

“If physical activity were a drug, we’d talk about it as a miracle cure.” Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England, 2017.

Being active has been hailed as the ‘miracle medicine’ by many doctors. This is because moving more and being active can:

  • Improve our life expectancy
  • reduce our risk of becoming ill
  • Support recovery of surgery or illness and manages long term conditions
  • provide positive effects on our mental wellbeing

There is strong scientific evidence that being physically active can help you lead a healthier and happier life. Physical activity has been shown to boost:

  • self-esteem
  • mood
  • improve sleep quality
  • increase energy
  • reduce the risk of stress, depression, dementia and even some cancers.

Being active doesn’t just mean going to the gym or playing sport – It means moving more as part of your daily routine whether that’s;

  • increasing your daily steps
  • taking the stairs instead of the lift
  • sitting less during the day

Finding ways to move more can fit around our daily lives, can be undertaken on our own or with friends & family, and it’s never too late to start!

The key thing is to move more! Start with little changes, some movement is better than no movement at all!

Find out how you can get more active

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