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The benefits of physical activity

The benefits of physical activity cover the physical, psychological and social domains of wellbeing (Sowa & Meulenbroek 2012), writes researcher Julie Peake.

Physical activity can include activities such as walking, swimming, surfing, horse-riding, dancing, playing catch, kapa haka, skateboarding, bike riding, yoga, jogging, and weight training to name a few!! Technology can also facilitate physical activity, for example Nintendo Wii and other games that involve physical movement.

Choice of activity will depend on factors including accessibility, cost, enjoyment and personal abilities such as balance, postural stability, joint flexibility, gait, and movement speed.

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