Leading public health specialists believe that if exercise were a pill, it would be one of the most cost effective drugs ever invented. It is an incredible tool for preventing so many common illnesses and diseases.
Research has shown the following benefits from regular exercise:
So how does exercise actually improve our health?
How much should I be doing?
Many people feel daunted by the amount of exercise that it is recommended. This shouldn’t be the case, as any exercise is better than none at all! The current government advice is:
150 minutes of moderate exercise per week (or five 30 minute periods). To be considered moderate exercise, it should raise your heart rate, make you breathe faster and feel a little warmer. Typical activities that would achieve this are:
75 minutes of vigorous intensity aerobic exercise e.g. running or playing sport and two or more muscle strengthening exercises, such as:
If you would like to read more about exercise and healthy living, visit the NHS Choices website, which has a wealth of information on developing a healthier lifestyle. www.nhs.uk