Regular exercise has positive effects on our physical and mental health as well as our social and psychological wellbeing.
Not only can it help maintain and improve general fitness levels, it can also prevent ill-health. It also helps to tackle health problems, such as:
- Overweight and obesity
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol levels
- Heart disease and angina
- Type 2 diabetes
- Joint and bone problems.
It is recognised that physical inactivity is one of a range of risk factors involved with the conditions above.
Being active can reduce the risk of developing some cancers, stroke, heart disease and osteoporosis.
Physical activity is good for your mental health too. It can:
- Provide relief from symptoms of depression and anxiety
- Enhance and protect brain function
- Improve self-confidence
- Increase social interaction
- Improve independence and mobility in later life
Take a look at our Physical Activity leaflet for more information on getting fit, what's recommended for your age group, and advice on getting fit while pregnant.
To find out what’s available in the Isle of Man including a variety of indoor and outdoor activities and sports, visit Manx Sport and Recreation.
Try these apps to help you get started:
Couch to 5K - A running programme for absolute beginners. Couch to 5K has now helped more than 4 million people start running.
Active 10 - The Active 10 app records every minute of walking you do (anonymously). Just pop your phone in your pocket and away you go!
If you have a disability
If you are an adult with a disability, regular physical activity can provide you with important health benefits, such as a stronger heart, lungs and muscles, improved mental health, and a better ability to do everyday tasks. It's best to talk with your healthcare provider before you begin a physical activity routine.
Try to get advice from a professional with experience in physical activity and disability. They will be able to tell you more about the amounts and types of physical activity that are appropriate for you and your abilities.
Individual physical and mental capabilities should be considered when interpreting the guidelines. This list is not exhaustive, and you need to take into consideration the person's own development when choosing a relevant activity.
Read more about getting fit and defining your exercise goals in 'Find Your Spark' by Sports Development Officer, Gianni Epifani from Manx Sport and Recreation.