1.1.1 Benefits of Healthy, Active Lifestyle


What is a healthy, active lifestyle?

a lifestyle that contributes positively to physical, mental and social well-being; and includes regular exercise

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Mental Benefits of Active lifestyle

  • Increased serotonin levels "feel good factor"
  • Helps relieve stress
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Sense of competition/motivation
  • Aesthetic appreciation
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Physical Benefits of Active lifestyle

  • Physical Challenge (outside comfort zone)
  • Increased fitness:
  • Increased strength
  • Increased muscular endurance
  • Increased cardiovascular fitness
  • Increased flexibility
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Health Benefits of Active lifestyle

  • Stronger bones/reduced chance of osteoporosis-weight-bearing activities
  • Reduced chance of coronary heart disease-reduced cholesterol
  • Reduced chance of stroke-lower blood pressure
  • Reduced chance of obesity-burn excess calories through exercise
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Social Benefits of Active Lifestyle

  • Social mixing: (different for age groups)
  • meet new people
  • get together with friends
  • reduce anti-social behaviour
  • Cooperation:
  • improved cooperation leads to better teamwork skills
  • better understanding of others
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