The benefits of leading an active and healthy lifestyle

The table below highlights how leading a healthy lifestyle can support different areas of wellbeing.

How a healthy lifestyle supports wellbeing

Table 16 How a healthy lifestyle supports wellbeing

Different lifestyle choices that can be incorporated into everyday life.
Being mindful about the amount of daily activity you carry out is important and making small changes and lifestyle choices to your daily life can have a positive impact on your long-term health and wellbeing.

Healthy lifestyle choices include:

  • If you do smoke or vape, commit to giving this habit up
  • Be physically active every day
  • Sit down less and move more
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Drink alcohol in moderation
  • Challenge your mind
  • Have fun
  • Build a strong social network
  • Explore relaxation or meditation activities
  • Wear sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Maintain good oral hygiene
  • Establish healthy sleep patterns
  • Avoid harmful substances
  • Practise safe sex

The benefits of living a healthy lifestyle

  • Increased independence
  • Reduced risk of chronic health conditions
  • Improved fitness and mobility
  • Increased sense of well-being
  • Increased physical resources and energy
  • Increased resilience to manage stressful situations
  • Improved immune system
  • Longer life expectancy
  • Improved relationships
  • Improved self-image
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