Regular exercise has benefits for
This information is based on the UK recommendations for adults.
You'd be surprised just how many benefits there are, and the good news is it can be
as easy as getting off the bus a little earlier. Introduce active habits to your
day and you'll be well on your way.
So what are the benefits of regular
exercise? Regular exercise is great for the heart, reducing your risk of a stroke
and cutting your chance of cardiovascular disease by a third. Why
not take a lunchtime walk, leave your car at home or up your walking pace when
you're out and about? Regular exercise keeps your muscles,
bones and joints strong and functioning well, but also helps prevent falls and
fractures. Try doing exercises that strengthen your bones and muscles twice
a week. Exercise burns calories and helps to maintain a healthy weight which in
turn reduces your risk of many health problems.
But be sure to maintain a
healthy balanced diet alongside exercise. Help maintain a healthy weight by
walking to the shops or cycling the children to school. A healthy weight in turn reduces your
risk of certain cancers. In fact you can cut your risk of breast
and bowel cancer by around a quarter if you exercise regularly. If you have
children encourage healthy habits and routines from an early age and they'll
be more likely to continue being active through life.
A healthy weight also
reduces your chances of diabetes. It's estimated that around 3.5 million people
in the UK have it. Regular exercise is hugely important to help reduce your
risk of type 2 diabetes and if you have type 2 diabetes, exercising regularly can
help you manage it by lowering blood glucose levels. Exercising regularly is also good for
your mind. It's thought that it can reduce your risk of developing
depression and dementia. Exercise can help relieve stress and anxiety and
improve your mood. Use the great outdoors, it's a hit for your physical and mental
health - there's no catch!
Start reaping the benefits of exercise