Exercise and getting active
- What being active can do for you
- Ideas to get you active
- Staying safe when active
- Help available for getting active
- Recreation Centres
- Find out more
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.
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:
- rock-climbing or abseiling
- bare-foot bowls
- fun runs and walks
- 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
- 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!
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.
Youth with disability
Many young people with disability or a medical condition enjoy participating in physical activity or sport.
You can get active through the following events, programs and facilities:
- at your local sports club
- through the Get Started program, assisting children and young people who can least afford, or may otherwise benefit from, joining a sport or recreation club
- at an Active Recreation Centre
- contact your local council to find out what's on or, if in Brisbane, visit Brisbane City Council's sports and leisure website
- go to a free sporting workshop or seminar
- join your local Police Citizens Youth Clubs for affordable sporting, recreational, leadership and welfare activities
- the Young Athletes Travel Subsidy aims to foster the development of young athletes and support elite athlete pathways by providing financial assistance to help alleviate the costs associated with attending championship events
- the Challenge, Achievement and Pathways in Sport (CAPS) program offers leadership opportunities to get involved in sport, including as a coach, official, or team manager
- Brisbane City Council's Black Diamonds Program that provides a range of free or low cost activities to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in Brisbane
- Brisbane's Chill Out youth program that provides a range of free and low-cost recreation activities for young people aged 10 to 17 years old.
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.
- Fitness programs to help you achieve your goals.
- State Sporting Organisations to help you find a sport and recreation club close to you.
- Athlete Talent Identification and Development Program
- Queensland Academy of Sport
- Get Active Women and Girls
- Brisbane City Council sports and leisure information
- Brisbane City Council sports fields and clubs
- Brisbane City Council exercise equipment in parks
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