Keeping active reduces the risk of getting major chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease, diabetes or high blood pressure. Keeping active also helps you to maintain a healthy weight. It helps to maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints and it is a great way to reduce stress levels by making you feel more energetic and helping you sleep better. Physical activity can also increases your confidence and self esteem and is a great way to have fun and meet new people
What is Physical Activity?
Physical activity includes a huge range of exciting and fun activities, from playing competitive sport such as cricket, football and rugby to active living and travel opportunities such as walking, cycling or household activities.
Whatever your age, size or physical condition you will benefit from being more active. Just remember, even a little effort can make a difference!
Did you know? The people who benefit most from starting to do regular, moderate-intensity physical activity are those who are currently inactive!
What is Healthy Eating?
Healthy eating is about eating a balanced diet which contains a variety of foods. This includes eating plenty of fruit and vegetables and starchy foods such as wholemeal bread and wholegrain cereals; some protein rich foods such as meat, fish, eggs and lentils and some dairy foods.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet provides nutrients to your body. These nutrients give you energy and keep your heart beating, your brain active, and your muscles working.
Eating well is essential for good health and wellbeing, and contributes to reducing the risk of conditions including heart disease, stroke, some cancers, diabetes and osteoporosis.