It’s simple really – physically active people are healthier.
Being physically active is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle and there is plenty of scientific evidence that clearly links regular physical activity to a wide range of physical and mental health benefits, and that people who enjoy regular physical activity tend to:
- Live longer
- Manage their weight better
- Be less likely to have a heart attack or stoke
- Have reduced risk of developing diabetes and some cancers
- Feel more energetic
- Have a healthier blood cholesterol level
- Have lower blood pressure
- Have stronger bones and muscles
- Feel more confident and happy
- Be able to sleep better
Now, you may be thinking – I was fit and healthy in my earlier days – played sport every week; jogged on the beach; swam; went to the gym, I should be able to get fit pretty quick! Unfortunately, benefits attained early in life can’t be stored – physical activity needs to be regular, and ideally, taken every day.
So what do I mean by 30 minutes a day of ‘moderate activity’?
I have some great news – important health benefits associated with physical activity can be gained through moderate intensity activity, such as walking, swimming, gardening or playing golf (yes Golf!).
Of course, for those of you who wish to be active in a more vigorous way by participating in activities such as organised sport, aerobics or jogging should continue to do so, as these activities can provide additional health benefits.
Medical experts now recommend that adults of all ages do 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on all or most days of the week. Did you know that by exercising at a moderate rate, you will increase your heart rate without feeling too out of breath!
The other good news is that the 30 minutes can be broken down into 10 MINUTE BLOCKS! Making the daily amount of physical activity recommended much easier to achieve for busy people. 10 minute blocks also help those who have previously been very inactive, gradually introduce activity into their lives.