Are you doing enough physical activity?
Physical activity simply means movement of the body that uses energy. Walking, gardening , climbing the stairs, playing sport or dancing are all good examples of being active. For health benefits you should 2 hours 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a week or 1 hour and 15 minutes of physical activity at a vigorous level a week.
Did you know that more than 25% of adults in the UK are inactive and do less than 30 minutes of physical activity a week?
The Academy of Medical Royal College has described physical activity as a "miracle cure", meanwhile inactivity continues to as many deaths in the UK as smoking. There are lots of health benefits to physical activity which are proved and wide ranging exceeding that of any drug.
Your GP is able offer advice on how to become more physically active to help with not only your body but also your mind. Participation in regular physical activity can increase our self-esteem and reduce stress and anxiety. It also plays a role in preventing development of mental health.
Some small changes to your physical activity;
- Walking into town for your weekly shop
- Cycling to work
- Joining a local gym
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