Engaging in regular physical activity can reap numerous health benefits. All you have to do is to:

Engage in 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as jogging, brisk walking, swimming or cycling every week.

Physical activity helps manage your weight

Regular physical activity can help you get rid of the excess fat. Your body burns calories as you exercise. The more you exercise, the more calories you burn! Along with a balanced and proper diet, regular physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight.

Aerobic activity requires fat to be used as a primary fuel source, with carbohydrates and protein being used to a smaller extent.​ Regular aerobic activity increases the total number of red blood cells and enable greater oxygen facilitation throughout the body, thus allowing your body to burn body fat more efficiently.

Physical activity keeps your heart, lungs and bones healthy

Physical activity improves blood circulation through your heart and lungs. Regular aerobic activity will also strenghten your heart muscle, improving your resting heart rate and pumping efficiency. You will also​ realise that you have more energy to do the things you enjoy and won't tire so easily.

In addition, muscle strengthening activities keeps your bones and muscles strong. Activities such as resistance training work on the major muscle groups in your body, making them stronger and more resilient. Regular muscle-strengthening activities also increases bone density which can help prevent osteoporosis.

Perform 8-10 exercises including all major muscle groups at least twice a week. Each exercise should consist of 8-12 repetitions.

Physical activity makes you feel good

Physical activity can enhance your emotional and psychological well-being by improving your self-esteem. Your body releases chemicals called endorphins when you exercise. Endorphins are "feel-good" chemicals that uplift your mood and can even reduce feelings of stress, anxiety and depression.

Physical activity keeps diseases away

Regular physical activity reduces the risk of:

  • heart disease
  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • stroke
  • osteoporosis
  • some cancers

With a total of two to three hours of physical activity a week, you can reduce your chances of developing chronic diseases and enjoy a better quality of life.

Reap the rewards of physical activity

Don't miss out on the excellent health benefits that physical activity can bring you. Let's get active today! You may be jogging, line dancing, swimming, rollerblading, rock climbing or playing football – it does not matter. Physical activity in any form is not only good for you but it can and should be fun!