Being physically active does not have to be hard. You can do simple things to try and move more every day. You can be active at home (do a little loungeroom workout), in sports or try to park a little further from your work and get a few more steps in for the day. Whatever you choose, just making small steps every day can help you to become more active and reduce many lifestyle-related illness and diseases as you get older.
For adults, being physically active can:
- reduce the risk of, or help manage, diabetes, heart disease, and even some cancers
- help to maintain healthy blood pressure and blood sugar levels
- help you feel more energised
- prevent unhealthy weight gain and can help to achieve a healthy weight
- create social opportunities and help you meet new people
- help or prevent mental health problems including anxiety and depression
- help to build and maintain muscle and bone strength
- help to keep you health and well.
Getting started on your health goals does not have to be overwhelming. Feeling supported and encouraged will help you to get motivated and make positive lifestyle changes that last. Get access to the Get Healthy Service to help you get started on your health and fitness goals.
Taking the first step is often the hardest. The Healthy Eating Active Living NSW website has some handy tips to help you get started.