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The benefits of physical activity

In this video, we introduce the importance in engaging in a range of activities/hobbies that are enjoyed.

We now move on to our third topic of this week- physical activities. In this video, Dr Faith Orchard discusses the importance of engaging in a range of enjoyable activities/hobbies.

These activities often include exercise or physical activity. Here are some examples of the impact exercise can have on an individual’s wellbeing:

  • Help build and maintain bones, muscles, joints
  • Control weight, build lean muscle and reduce fat
  • Improve skin
  • Prevent high blood pressure
  • Reduce stress
  • Improve mood
  • Think better and clearer
  • Boosts immune system

The importance of physical activity for mental health and wellbeing is now widely recognised. The advantages are obvious, can be inexpensive, and don’t necessarily require professional help.

Although we often think of sports such as football or going to the gym when we think of exercise, many forms of physical activity can be helpful. Here are just a few examples:

What exercise or physical activity do you do or would like to get involved in? Share your ideas in the comments below. Take the time to read and respond to posts by other learners or ‘Like’ those posts that you think make a good point.

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