Getting active and young people

Being active helps maintain your health. We tend to think that the mind and body are separate, but what you do with your body can have a powerful effect on your mental health. And it’s easier to feel good about life if your body feels good.

As well as reducing the risk of physical health problems, like heart disease and diabetes, some of the potential benefits of being active are:

  • less tension, stress and tiredness
  • a natural energy boost
  • improved sleep or sleep patterns
  • a sense of achievement
  • less anger, irritability or frustration
  • meeting other people at gyms, clubs, etc.

Physical activity leads to chemical changes in the brain, which can improve your mood and lower anxiety. Being active may also lead to changes in how you view yourself and can reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation.