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What constitute a healthy, active lifestyle?

Living a healthy, active lifestyle involves the individual making choices.

These include:

  • Taking part in physical exercise
  • Eating a balanced diet
  • Avoiding harmful substances
  • Sustaining friendships
  • Having the ability to concentrate
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The benefits of participating in physical activity


'A state of complete mental, physical and social well-being, so simply the absence of disease or infirmity'

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Social benefits of exercise

  • Fulfilment by being part of a team
  • Development of teamwork and cooperation
  • Mix with people with similar interests
  • Chance to meet new people and make friends
  • Increase of self-worth
  • Challenges as you overcome the opposition as part of a team
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Physical benefits of exercise

  • Burns up stored fat
  • Look good/feel good
  • Body image
  • Muscle tone and posture improvement
  • Bone strengthening
  • Improves flexibility
  • Cardiovascular improvement
  • Less prone to injury
  • Can increase life expectancy
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Mental benefits of exercise

  • Satisfaction of own performance
  • Promotes the 'feel-good' factor
  • Can provide excitement
  • Gives enjoyment
  • Can relieve aggression
  • Develops a sense of being 'part of something'
  • Provides opportunity for success
  • Life's problems can be forgotten
  • Reduces stress and tension
  • Personal development
  • Increases confidence in stressful situations
  • Improves self-esteem
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Physical activity relieving stress and tension

Serotonin - Molecule of Happiness

Controls many different function in the body including:

  • Appetite
  • Sleep
  • Memory
  • Mood

Levels increased during exercise

Continues to be produced by the body for several days after activity aswell, improving a person's energy and mood

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Physical activity relieving stress and tension

  • Detoxify (remove poison)
  • Oppourtunity of introspection (escape from daily pressures)
  • Endorphins (relieve pain, produce a feeling of euphoria and give a positive mood)
  • Reduction in muscle tension
  • Increased awareness (allow them to recognise when they become worried or stressed)
  • Decreased boredom
  • Anger management
  • Better sleep
  • Building the immune system
  • Moving meditiation
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How physical activity stimulates the individual

  • Cooperation
  • Competition
  • Physcial challenge
  • Aesthetic appreciation
  • Development of friendships and social mixing
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FITT Principle

Used to increase the amount of work the body does, in order to achieve overload





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