How does regular physical activity actually benefit your health?

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You know that physical activity is good for you, but do you know why?

You can reduce your risk of heart disease by 35 per cent by getting active for at least 30 minutes each day. Regular physical activity helps to protect your heart by managing high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and overweight and obesity.

Here’s how it works.

The heart is a muscle and needs to be exercised daily to remain strong and healthy. Physical activity helps improve its ability to pump blood throughout your body – making sure it stays strong and healthy.

Being overweight puts pressure on your heart and blood vessels. Being a healthy weight makes it easier for blood to flow through your body. And regular physical activity combined with a healthy diet can make a big difference to your heart health.

To download a printable copy please of this infographic, visit our Heart Week webpage.

But other parts of the body benefit too.

Brain

Regular physical activity helps to protect your heart by:

  • reducing the risk of clinical depression and anxiety and helps with managing symptoms.
  • lowering your risk of dementia later in life.

Pancreas

  • Regular physical activity helps to protect your heart by reducing your risk of Type 2 Diabetes by 30 per cent.

Cancer

  • Regular physical activity helps to protect your heart by reducing your risk of bowel cancer, breast cancer and cancers of the bladder, endometrium, oesophagus, kidney, lung and stomach.

To find out ways to get moving visit our tips on achieving at least 30 minutes of physical activity

Discover more ways to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day.

You can also contact the Heart Foundation Helpline on 13 11 12 to talk with a trained health professional.