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Exercise and getting active

What being active can do for you

Doing something active is an opportunity to improve your health and lead a happier life. How much you move each day can have a big impact on how you feel inside and out. Try to fit 60 minutes of exercise into your day and you’ll:

  • feel more energetic
  • maintain a healthy weight
  • be less stressed
  • have stronger bones and muscles
  • learn how to be a team player and learn leadership skills
  • meet new friends
  • improve your flexibility and coordination
  • improve your concentration and do better at school, university or at work
  • believe in yourself and be more confident
  • improve your fitness
  • improve your posture
  • be more relaxed
  • be protected from heart disease
  • reduce your blood pressure
  • reduce your risk of stroke
  • reduce your risk of developing diabetes
  • sleep better
  • boost your immune system
  • start good habits that will serve you well throughout your life.

Exercise is one of the ways your body gets rid of toxins. It also helps produce sebum, your skin’s natural moisturiser. The increase in blood flow helps transport oxygen and vital nutrients to your skin, which gives your skin its healthy glow.

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! Why not try:

  • cycling
  • skateboarding
  • rock-climbing or abseiling
  • bare-foot bowls
  • archery
  • skirmish
  • netball
  • basketball
  • tennis
  • fun runs and walks
  • swimming
  • surfing or body boarding
  • kick-boxing or martial arts
  • school sports—you don’t have to be a star just get involved and have fun
  • frisbee
  • backyard cricket or softball
  • joining your local gym or sport and recreation club
  • taking a class like spin, aerobics or pump
  • learning to dance including hip-hop, Latin or break dance
  • helping around the house—mow the lawn, do some gardening
  • washing cars and walking dogs—for cash!

Staying safe when active

While being active you should:

  • drink water before, during and after the activity
  • wear a broad brim hat, clothing to protect your skin, and sunscreen
  • wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun
  • wear safety equipment, like a helmet (e.g. when bike riding or skateboarding)
  • play in the shade
  • avoid too much activity during the hottest part of the day between 10am and 3pm.

Find out more about sun safety.

Youth with disability

Many young people with disability or a medical condition enjoy participating in physical activity or sport.

Help available for getting active

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

Recreation Centres

The Queensland Recreation Centres offer accommodation, facilities, meeting spaces, instructor-led activities and delicious healthy catering. They promote safe and exciting participation in outdoor recreation and have all the skills to deliver the ideal experience for you and your group.

Find out more

Calculate your Health and Fitness Age

You know how old you are, but do you know your health and fitness age? Complete this interactive quiz to give you an overall idea of your health and a general indication of how lifestyle-related factors may affect it.

Category: Mind, body and soul

Website: http://healthier.qld.gov.au/calculator/#/

MyQuitBuddy

This personalised app can help you on your journey to become smoke-free. Features include a countdown, tools to record your goals, and reminders and games to distract you when you crave a hit.

Category: Mind, body and soul

Website: http://www.quitnow.gov.au/internet/quitnow/publishing.nsf/Content/quit-buddy

Download MyQuitBuddy app for:

Skate parks

Find skate parks for skateboarders, bladers and BMX bike riders in Brisbane City Council parks and facilities.

Chill Out Program

Chill Out is one of Brisbane's most popular youth programs with a great variety of free and low-cost recreation activities for kids and teenagers between 10 and 17 years old. If you're looking for school holiday activities in Brisbane, Chill Out has all sorts of things to do, including boxing, various sports, Laserforce, games and more.

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Last updated:
13 July 2016

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