Benefits of physical activity

Being physically active, whatever your age, can help you lead a healthier and happier life, giving both immediate and long-term health benefits. Physical activity or exercise can improve your quality of life, health and mood. In addition, it can help you manage your weight and reduce the risk of developing some chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease.

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    The benefits of physical activity

    Niall Brennan talks through the many physical benefits of physical activity in this animated short video. If you were unsure as to why physical activity is so important to our health this video will convince you otherwise!

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    Why fitness is more important than weight

    Leanne Spencer is an entrepreneur, campaigning for gender equality and the promotion of positive female role models for young people. Here she talks about changing our attitudes towards food, fatness, fitness and most importantly, how we look. 

  • Fitness mistakes to avoid

    Five fitness mistakes to avoid

    This brief animated video from PictureFit talks through five common mistakes people make when starting their fitness journey. Learn how to avoid them and ensure optimum results from your motivation and effort.

  • Beginners guide to getting back in shape

    Beginner's guide to getting back in shape

    Getting back into shape after not exercising for a long time can be daunting. In this eHow video Martin Egwuagu shares some tips on small steps we can take everyday to get back into shape using the analogy – ‘inch by inch is a sinch, yard by yard is hard’.

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    Physical activity

    Source: Turning Point

    Looking after your health and wellbeing is about looking after the whole of you. We are working with Turning Point to offer access to online information and advice along with evidence-based structured interventions on a range of wellbeing topics covering mind, body and behaviour.

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    Healthy lifestyles - course

    Source: Learning Pool

    The Healthy lifestyles course explains the benefits of physical activity and a balanced diet, as well as examining ways of maintaining a healthy weight.

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