Exercise and getting active

Benefits of being active

Being active not only keeps you fit and healthy, but provides all kinds of social, emotional and intellectual benefits.

Research shows that regular physical activity can:

  • help you feel more confident, happy and relaxed, with improved self-esteem
  • encourage healthy growth and development of your body
  • improve your concentration skills and ability to manage anxiety and stress
  • help you to develop skills such as cooperation and teamwork, and is a great way to have fun, meet new people and develop friendships
  • help you to become more motivated and organised.

Find out more about the benefits of being active.

Ideas to get you active

Don’t be afraid to try something new or different—it might just be your thing! Physical activity isn’t just about sport, it’s about feeling good, being healthy and expressing yourself. You don’t have to be the best, you just have to have fun!

You could try cycling, swimming, basketball, netball, tennis, skating, boating, fishing or walking. Check out Brisbane City Council’s list of outdoor activities to get some ideas.

How to get active

You can get active through the following events, programs and facilities:

Stay sun safe when active

In Queensland the levels of ultraviolet radiation from the sun are high enough to damage your skin all year round, so it’s important to use the 5 recommended sun protection methods whenever you’re outside:

  1. slip on a shirt
  2. slop on broad spectrum SPF30 or higher sunscreen
  3. slap on a broad-brimmed hat
  4. seek shade, and
  5. slide on some sunglasses.

Find out more about sun safety.