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An active lifestyle can help reduce the risk of preventable diseases and improve your quality of life, by decreasing the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity and some types of cancers. It can also improve your mental well-being and self-confidence.

The benefits of an active lifestyle:

1. Decreases your blood pressure, cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart attack
2. Decreases your risks of some types of cancer including colon, prostate and breast cancer
3. Improves sleep
4. Helps decrease symptoms of depression, stress and anxiety and improves mood
5. Assists in weight loss (by improving your metabolism)
6. Strengthens your bones and muscles (osteoporosis prevention)
7. Decreases the occurrence of falls in older adults and increases mobility
8. A fun and exciting way to spend time with friends and family
9. Increases your energy levels

Ways to increase your physical activity:

1. Take the dog for a walk
2. Park your car further away from your destination and walk
3. Get the family involved (go to the park, cycle, play soccer)
4. Join a walking group
5. Take the stairs not the lift
6. Clean the house, do some gardening and yard work
7. Go for a walk or cycle
8. Join a sports team
9. And most importantly HAVE FUN!!!!!

Active lifestyle