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If the first thing you think about when you mention activity is going to the gym or having a run, then you need to start by changing your mindset. Just being more active in our daily lives can have an amazing impact on our health and wellbeing. It can:
- reduce your risk of conditions like heart disease and diabetes
- release stress, leaving you feeling happier and more relaxed
- make you feel like you have more energy, making daily tasks easier
- help you sleep better.
We can all be more active and we can build more activity into our day. Whether it's walking to the shop rather than going in the car, doing more vigorous gardening or taking up a new hobby like dancing - the important thing is that we move more.
Whatever our age, there's strong scientific evidence that being physically active can help you lead a healthier and even happier life. However, if you have a health condition and want to start being more active, you should get in touch with your GP first for advice on what the best exercises are for you.