Aos 1 P.E Essay

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Chapter 1: Monitoring and Promotion of Physical Activity Physical Activity Benefits Social Benefits -Improves social skills/networks -Enhances self-esteem/confidence -Encourages family/community links -Reduces isolation/loneliness Physical and mental benefits -Improves quality of life -Manages weight -Improves sleep -Develops motor skills -Improves concentration -Enhances memory and learning Environmental benefits -Reduces traffic congestion -Reduces air pollution -Reduces greenhouse emissions -Reduces noise pollution -Creates safer places due to more people being outside Economic benefits -Creates employment -Reduces absenteeism -Reduces crime -Increases health savings -Supports local business -Increases tourism Health benefits -Reduces risk of coronary heart disease -Reduces risk of stroke -Lowers both blood cholesterol and triglycerides, increases HDL -Lowers risk of high blood pressure and helps reduce blood pressure in people who already have hypertension (high blood pressure) -Lowers risk of non-insulin dependant (type 2) diabetes mellitus -Reduces risk of colon cancer -Helps achieve and maintain healthy body weight -Reduces feelings of depression and anxiety -Promotes psychological wellbeing and reduces stress -Helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints National Physical Activity Guidelines (NPAG) 1. Put together at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most, preferably all, days. • Improves health and wellbeing • Causes a slight, but noticeable, increase in breathing and heart rate • E.g. Brisk walking (3-6 METs) 2. Think of movement as an opportunity, not an inconvenience • Regular movement provides the opportunity to socialize, explore the local community and enjoy the environment • E.g. I take part in fun runs as I see this as an

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