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GCSE PE - Theory Section 1.1: 1.1 Healthy Active Lifestyles

A guide to theory section 1.1 for your GCSE PE course

Overview of Healthy Active Lifestyles

Topic 1.1.1:  Healthy, active lifestyles and how they could benefit you

Students should be able to:

1. Explain what constitutes a healthy, active lifestyle

2. Classify the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle as social, physical or mental

3. Describe how physical activity can:

  • increase individual wellbeing
  • help the individual to feel good (serotonin levels)
  • help relieve stress, and prevent stress-related illness
  • increase self-esteem and confidence
  • contribute to good health
  • contribute to enjoyment of life

4. Explain how participation in physical activity can stimulate:

  • cooperation
  • competition
  • physical challenge
  • aesthetic appreciation
  • the development of friendships and social mixing.

NHS: Benefits of Exercise

Step right up! It's the miracle cure we've all been waiting for.

It can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%.

It’s free, easy to take, has an immediate effect and you don’t need a GP to get some. Its name? Exercise.

Benefits of Exercise

Regular exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. People who lead an active life are more likely to live longer and less likely to develop serious diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

Exercise not only makes you physically fitter, it also improves your mental health and general sense of wellbeing.