General benefits

Personal physical and mental benefits:

  • improves quality of life
  • reduces risk of chronic diseases
  • manages weight
  • improves sleep
  • develops motor skills
  • improves concentration and enhances memory and learning
  • assists in the management of anxiety and depression
  • encourages compliance with a healthy diet
  • improves bone density

Social benefits:

  • encourages family and community connectedness
  • improves social skills and networks
  • reduces isolation and loneliness
  • enhances self-esteem and confidence
  • creates safer places

Environmental benefits:

  • reduces traffic congestion
  • reduces air pollution
  • reduces greenhouse emissions
  • reduces noise pollution

Economic benefits:

  • produces health savings
  • creates employment
  • attracts tourism
  • becomes a means of transport
  • supports local business
  • increases workplace productivity
  • reduces absenteeism
  • reduces crime