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"What are the benefits of physical activity?" - 22 March 2017

The benefits of physical activity:

  • It makes you feel better (all those feel good hormones!)
  • It makes you look better (you look trimmer)
  • It helps you meet new people and make friends
  • It improves your health and fitness
  • It builds up your muscles, especially your heart

The government recommends that children should do 1 hour of moderate intensity, physical activity every day.

Moderate intensity means any activity that gets your heart beating and makes you slightly out of breath. This hour could include riding your bike, walking to school or going to an activity club (e.g. swimming, gymnastics or dance). The fitter you become, the longer and harder you can do activities for.

There are many ways you can make physical activity more fun. You could ask a friend to join you in for a swim, create a motivational playlist on your phone to take walking or jogging with you, put on your favourite music whilst cleaning your room, or take up an activity you’ve never tried before, such as salsa classes or judo.

Go on, give it a go!

Physical activities can be categorised in many ways. By intensity (low, moderate or high), venue (indoor or outdoor), team or individual activities, skill based activities (e.g. javelin or dance), fitness based activities (e.g. running, cycling or swimming) and finally NEAT activities (none exercise activity time, such as hoovering or making the bed).

Our Top Tips for Being More Physically Active

This means taking every opportunity you can to be active (take the steps not the lift and try to walk to school or work as often as you can).

2. Make sure all the physical activity you do is fun and enjoyable (bring a friend along!)

3. Try to take part in at least 1 hour of moderate intensity, physical activity every day.

4. Make it a 
family tradition to go for a walk after dinner once a week.

5. Have a look at
BBC Get Inspired to get ideas for sport and fitness activities across the UK.

6. Monitor your own fitness very simply. Map out a route in your neighbourhood (make it at least 1 mile), and time how long it takes you to complete. Keep doing it and see how you improve.

7. When you complete your 2 mile challenge, measure your heart rate. Do this every time and the lower it goes the fitter you are becoming.

8. Use a pedometer and aim for at least 10,000 steps every day.

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