Life expectancy is at its all-time high, the fact that so many people are living longer is a wonderful ideal. To continue living a full and happy life, we must live in a certain way to ensure that we maintain a good quality of life. Making a conscious decision to take small steps (literally) from today, could make all the difference in your life going forward.
Physical activity, when performed regularly, has been proven to prevent and help manage more than 20 chronic conditions. These include Coronary Heart Disease, Stroke, Type 2 Diabetes, Cancer, Obesity, Mental Health conditions and Musculoskeletal conditions. Being active throughout your lifespan would give optimal health benefits, however research has shown the health gains achieved through physical activity can be attained at any time. So, it’s never too late to start!
Now we’re certainly not suggesting you have to sign up for an IronMan! Physical activity can include all forms of exercise such as walking, cycling, work-related activity, working out in a gym, dancing, gardening or playing active games, as well as organised and competitive sport. Physical activity can reduce the negative effects of sedentary behaviour – where we are prone to adopt poor postures and the energy expenditure is low.
Just 60-75 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per day is all it takes to improve your quality of life now and in the future!
If you’d like to know more, you can download our Gold Standard Physical Activity Recommendations leaflet, along with additional exercise advice for people suffering from the following conditions, all of which can benefit significantly with regular physical activity.
- Staying Healthy and Preventing Disease
- Musculoskeletal Pain
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Falls and Frailty
- Inflammatory Arthritis and Osteoarthritis
- Heart Disease
You can download all the leaflets at the following link http://bit.ly/2QpjFrj