Getting More Active
Being more physically active can have immediate health benefits, how about getting off the bus a couple of stops earlier? or taking the stairs instead of the lift at work? did you know that making these small changes counts and can have a benefit on your health and wellbeing? Physical activity plays a vital role in keeping us all healthy. In general, the more we do, the greater the benefit! Currently in the UK, a large number of the population are not meeting the recommendations for physical activity.
What are the benefits?
Regular physical activity helps to maintain;
- Healthy joints and muscles
- A healthy weight
- Normal sleep
Regular physical activity also;
- Reduces the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety
- Can involve social interaction which may help to improve self-esteem
There is also evidence that physical activity can reduce the risk of the most common diseases in the UK:
- Heart disease
- Certain cancers
- Type 2 diabetes
How active should I be?
Adults should try to do:
- At least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity per week plus muscle strengthening activities on two days or more each week.
- Or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity per week plus two days of muscle strengthening activities per week.
- Or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity each week plus muscle strengthening activities on two days per week.
Moderate Intensity – typically increases breathing and heart rate to a level where a pulse can be felt, and the person feels warmer.
Vigorous Intensity – a person would feel out of breath and sweating.