Enjoy physical exercise

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Physical exercise is an excellent way to help prevent excess weight gain or maintain weight loss.

When we engage in physical activity, we burn calories – the more intense the activity, the more calories we burn. Even small steps to be more active, like taking the stairs instead of the lift, make a big difference. 

And the benefits of physical exercise extend far beyond weight control - this has been proven extensively by research. Regular exercise lowers the risk of diseases like stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer and arthritis.

Practicing some moderate sport also improves our mood by stimulating various brain chemicals that makes us feel happier and more relaxed. It can also make us feel better about ourselves and our appearance, boosting our confidence and improving our self-esteem. Exercise can also help us connect with family or friends in a fun social setting.

Physical activity can be undertaken indoors as well as outdoors. Check with local gyms, youth organisations and similar facilities for indoor sport activities like badminton, volleyball and swimming.

Outside, a wide range of fun activities is possible, both in winter and in summer: ice skating, building snow sculptures or a snow fort, snow tobogganing, downhill or cross-country skiing, hiking, rollerblading, bike riding, swimming, baseball, etc.

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