To maintain health and reduce risk of problems, health professionals recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity on most (preferably all) days of the week.
Think of movement as an opportunity to increase your activity, not an inconvenience. Any form of movement is an opportunity to improve your health.
You should be active every day in as many ways as you can. Make a habit of walking or cycling instead of using the car.
You can reach your 30 minutes of exercise throughout the day by combining shorter exercise intervals of at least 10 minutes each.
Extra benefits can be gained from regular, vigorous exercise that makes you ‘huff and puff’ for extra health and fitness e.g. jogging or aerobics.
If you exercise regularly, you will benefit from reduced risk of heart attack, better weight management, lower blood pressure, lower risk of osteoporosis, lower risk of diabetes and you will simply feel better. You will have more energy, sleep better and feel happier!
A good balance between exercise and food intake is essential in maintaining a healthy body. A healthy diet should include a variety of nutritious foods including breads, cereals, fruits and vegetables.
You should see your doctor before starting any exercise program if you are over 40 years of age; suffer from dizziness, breathlessness or pain in the chest or if you have any other medical conditions.