Exercise to Keep Fit
There are lots of cheap and easy ways to improve your fitness without going to the gym, in fact the more physical activity you can simply schedule into your day the better.
Walking the dog, doing the housework, dancing to your favourite music, or going swimming with the kids, all counts as physical activity!
Why do I need to exercise?
Being active helps to increase your sense of wellbeing as well as being vital to improve and maintain good health. There are lots of other benefits too – people who exercise regularly generally feel more relaxed and sleep better, they enjoy higher energy levels as well as being able to move around more easily.
Exercise helps to protect you from heart problems, high blood pressure, diabetes and helps to keep your weight in check. When you exercise your body releases endorphins – the body’s natural ‘feel good’ chemicals – so exercise really does enhance your sense of wellbeing.
How much exercise?
It’s recommended that adults take 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least five days a week and children 60 minutes of moderate physical activity each day.
Physical activity is any movement that makes you feel warm and slightly out of breath, so the fitter you are the more intensely you’ll need to exercise for it to have an effect on your fitness level.
You don’t have to take your 30 minutes all in one go. If it works better for you, why not break it down into three 10-minute bursts of physical activity spread throughout the day.
For more ideas about how to get active, visit NHS Choices