50 Ways Physical Activity Makes your Life Better

We’re celebrating 50 years of helping Canadians move more!

Leading an active lifestyle is not a passing trend or fad. Nor a pop-up movement or flash-in-the-pan initiative. Making physical activity a key part of your everyday routine is a fundamentally life-changing decision that actually makes all aspects of your life better.

That’s exactly why for the past 50 years ParticipACTION and its partners have been bringing an accessible, fun, and approachable voice to sharing and promoting everything that active living has to offer.

To help celebrate five decades of keeping Canada moving, we’ve put together a list of 50 of the most amazing ways engaging in physical activity can impact your life – such as boosted mood more energy, and even a better night’s sleep.



1.     Better stress management (decreased cortisol and adrenaline circulating)

2.     Increases resiliency

3.     Decreases stress reactivity

4.     Prevents the onset of depression

5.     Decreases symptoms of depression

6.     Decreases symptoms of anxiety

7.     Better self-esteem, self-worth, and self-confidence

8.     Boosts positive moods (endorphins, neurotransmitters)

9.     Helps you relax and unwind


(thinking and learning)

10.     Overall enhanced brain function and structure (parts of brain grow in response to PA, increase neural connections created, better communication between grey and white mater of the brain)

11.     Improves executive functions (staying organized and on task, prioritization, planning)

12.     Prevents cognitive decline

13.     Staves off dementia and Alzheimer’s

14.     Better convergent (using logic; single solution) and divergent (using imagination; multiple solutions) thinking

15.     Improved memory



16.     Increases productivity

17.     Improves creative problem-solving and decision making

18.     Better job satisfaction

19.     Enhances leadership potential and ability

20.     Keeps you cool under pressure


21. Better attention and focus

22. Better emotional regulation

23. Enhanced self-regulation

24. Score better on tests

25. Readily engage in higher-level thinking



26.     Better heart health

2.7     Prevention of certain cancers (breast, colon, endometrial)

28.     Prevention of type 2 diabetes

29.     Stronger bones preventing osteoporosis

30.     Stronger muscles

31.     Reduces risk for sarcopenia (muscle loss with aging)

32.     Improved balance

33.     Better sleep

34.     Greater physical literacy

35.  Keeps you regular

36.  Improves your sex game

37.  Increases energy

38.  Lowers blood pressure

39.  Relieves physical tension

40.  Decreases ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL) and increases ‘good’ cholesterol (HDL)

41.  Supports better posture

42.  Supports better skin health

43.  Better overall health-related quality of life



44.     Better bonding time

45.     Opportunity for healthy role modeling


46.     Enhances social connectedness

47.     Breaks down barriers



48..     Decreases loneliness

49.     Decreases social isolation

50.     Enhances inclusion



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