Regular physical activity has many benefits to health, including mental health and well being.
People who are physically active have up to a 50% reduced risk of developing the major chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some cancers and a 20-30% reduced risk of premature death
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Including more exercise each day will help you to manage stress and increases happiness, self esteem, fitness levels and reduces the risk of diabetes, heart disease, weight gain, osteoporosis and cancer.
The human body is designed to move and there is no doubt that moving more and sitting less is good for your health.
Healthy recommendations are:
- Adults should aim to be active daily.
- Over a week, activity should add up to at least 150 minutes (2½ hours) of moderate intensity activity in bouts of 10 minutes or more – one way to approach this is to do 30 minutes on at least 5 days a week.
- Alternatively, comparable benefits can be achieved through 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity spread across the week or combinations of moderate and vigorous intensity activity.
- Adults should also undertake physical activity to improve muscle strength on at least two days a week.
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