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Being physically active can help you feel stronger and better able to do day-to-day activities.

In addition to the physical benefits, being active also helps you feel better mentally and emotionally, so you have increased quality of life.

Here are  some of the improvements many people experience.

Increases in:

  • assertiveness (being able to ask for what you need and make decisions)

  • confidence and feeling able to do things

  • emotional stability (less troubled by life's challenges and disappointments)

  • independence

  • memory

  • having a positive mood

  • perception (better at noticing what's going on around you)

  • positive body image (feeling good about the way you look)

  • feeling of well-being

  • self-worth and self-esteem (feeling good about the way you see yourself)

Decreases in:

  • anger

  • anxiety (worry and fear)

  • confusion

  • depression (you'll likely be better at preventing, reducing and managing depression)

  • headaches

  • stress and tension (you'll likely be able to cope with stress better)

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