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Date: 19 September 2021
Keeping physically active has a very positive impact on not just our physical health, but also our mental health. People who exercise regularly have a lower risk of developing many long-term (chronic) conditions, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and some cancers.
Research shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress and depression.
In later life, keeping physically active can also reduce the risk of falls and by maintaining good muscle strength, flexibility and co-ordination.
Public Health England recommend the following activity guidelines based on age.
These infographics also provide a useful source of information: