Exercise

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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Exercise

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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Exercise top tips

Always warm up - Warming up gets your system ready for exercise to follow. It should be lower intensity and lower impact. Always cool down - The main purpose of a cool-down period following exercise is to allow the heart rate to return gradually to its normal resting...

Move more sit less

One way to stay active is to move more. Sounds very simplistic, but it works. Move more general tips Choose the type of exercise that is right for your body - if it hurts stop Choose an activity that you will enjoy - you are more likely to keep it up Choose activities...

Ideas to get children more active

  Be a role model – children will follow you – if you are active they will pick up the idea Involve them from the beginning: Involve young people in the process as they will be far more motivated if they play a part deciding what to do and for how long. Set...

Top tips

Top tips to become more active Move more and sit less each day Set yourself a daily target – e.g. 30 minutes Fit activity into your day Have walk and talk meetings Commute in a healthy way Move your body position every 60 minutes Join a gym/class/walking group for...

Exercise tips when traveling

It is easy to let a holiday or a business trip destroy your fitness and eating habits. With a little research and proper planning, you can create an easy-to-follow plan to keep you fit and healthy no matter where you travel. Novel training ideas Stepping - every city...

Cross training

Tired of the same old workout? Looking for a level of fitness that your current exercise routine can’t offer? Are you experiencing nagging injuries that just don’t seem to heal? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are a likely candidate for...