Choose Health: Be Active: A physical activity guide for older Australians

Why is physical activity impotant?

Page last updated: March 2009

It makes you look and feel better

  • Gives you more energy
  • Helps you sleep better
  • Helps you to relax
  • Helps you to meet people and make friends
  • Is fun
  • Tones your body

It is good for your mind

  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Improves concentration
  • Improves self-confidence
  • Reduces feelings of sadness

It is good for your body

  • Helps to control:
    -weight (and reduce body fat)
    -blood pressure
    -cholesterol
    -diabetes
    -bone and joint problems (eg arthritis)
  • Reduces the risk of:
    -heart disease
    -stroke
    -some cancers
  • Helps to manage pain
  • Helps to maintain and increase joint movement
  • Helps to prevent falls and injury