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UNIT 2 – Physical activity concepts and health outcomes. Benefits of physical activity. There are many well-documented benefits associated with regular participation in physical activity Can you name as many benefits of physical activity that you can think of?. Benefits of physical activity.

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Unit 2 physical activity concepts and health outcomes

UNIT 2 – Physical activity concepts and health outcomes


Benefits of physical activity

Benefits of physical activity

  • There are many well-documented benefits associated with regular participation in physical activity

  • Can you name as many benefits of physical activity that you can think of?


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Benefits of physical activity

  • ‘The physically active body is healthier and works more efficiently than the inactive body because in evolutionary terms the human species is adapted to the hunter-gatherer existence’Hippocrates


Physical benefits

Physical benefits

  • Refer to page 254 of your text for an in depth guide of all of the benefits of physical activity


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Physical benefits

  • IMPROVED CARDIOVASCULAR FUNCTION

  • When you are regularly active the strength and size of your heart muscle increases

  • A stronger heart pumps more blood around the body

  • Therefore more oxygen is delivered to the brain

  • Overall this means you can work harder


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Physical benefits

  • IMPROVED STRENGTH AND ENDURANCE

  • Regular exercise increases the strength and endurance of muscles

  • Stronger muscles decreases the risk of injury

  • Maintaining muscular strength as you age assists in maintaining mobility and slows the rate of functional decline


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Physical benefits

  • RESISTANCE TO FATIGUE

  • Having increased energy levels allows you to have enough energy to get through a typical day

  • Increased energy levels are associated with an improved ability to cope with stress and improved quality of life


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Physical benefits

  • GREATER LEAN BODY MASS AND LESS BODY FAT

  • High levels of physical activity assists in an increase in lean body mass made up of muscles, tendons and ligaments, and a decrease in body fat

  • What do you think determines a fit and lean athlete?


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Physical benefits

  • GREATER LEAN BODY MASS AND LESS BODY FAT

  • This athlete is deemed overweight due to their height and body composure

  • Put the scales away and understand what looks and feels healthy


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Physical benefits

  • IMPROVED FLEXIBILITY

  • Regular stretching can lead to a greater range of movement and can improve sporting performance and reduce your risk of injury


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Physical benefits

  • It’s amazing what the human body is capable of


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Physical benefits


Social benefits

Social benefits

  • There are many social benefits of physical activity

  • Interacting with other people increases a person’s connectedness within the community

  • Socialising when you are active is able to improve self confidence, quality of life and sense of wellbeing


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Social benefits


Mental health benefits

Mental health benefits

  • This has been a huge area over the past 10 years

  • Research shows that active people have greater self-esteem and lower levels of anxiety

  • Good quality of sleep is essential for all aspects of your life

  • More active people have a lower risk of suffering dementia or depression


Lifestyle physical activity

Lifestyle physical activity

  • As a class participate in an lifestyle physical activity

  • QUESTIONS

  • Identify potential target groups who would benefit from the activity that you participated in and describe why you have selected each target group

  • Describe the health benefits associated with participation in this activity

  • Outline all of the safety issues that need to be considered for the designated activity

  • What did you enjoy or not enjoy about this activity?


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