Move it or lose it!

sb10067362g-003.jpgWe continue our series on health and wellbeing with an article about how to maximise your strength, endurance and flexibility through regular exercise.

Despite the excuses, there are many reasons to incorporate exercise into your daily life.

According to the HSE, whatever your age, there is strong scientific evidence that being physically active can help you lead a healthier and happier life.

The HSE recommends at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as cycling or fast walking every week, or in other words 30 minutes a day, most days.  ‘Moderate intensity’ means exercise that raises your heart and creates some shortness of breath, but still allows you to talk comfortably.

There are three kinds of exercise:

  1. Balance, mobility and flexibility, such as Yoga and Tai Chi.
  2. Endurance, such as brisk walking, jogging, swimming or cycling, which encourage your heart and lungs to work more efficiently.
  3. Strength training such as using light weights at the gym.

Tips:

  • Don’t think of exercise as an ‘add-on’.  Think of it as a regular and enjoyable part of your daily life.
  • Strength training increases muscle mass, which is good for managing insulin levels.  It also boosts bone strength, which helps prevent osteoporosis.
  • If you can combine two or more kinds of exercise in each session, or throughout the week, you’ll see benefits more quickly.
  • Anyone over 40 should see a doctor before starting a new exercise routine.
  • Exercising needn’t cost the earth.  Many gyms have Pensioners’ discounts.  You could consider swimming at your local pool, or enquire with your local council about walking groups in your area.

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