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For the Health of It

To stay healthy or improve health, adults need physical activity and experts say the key to taking up, or keeping to, any form of physical activity is to have fun. The following advice is about building change gradually to make a real difference - even two or three small steps can help!

So, what are the benefits of being active every day?

  • Better overall health

  • Reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety

  • Less stress and more confidence

  • Improves the ability to perform everyday tasks

  • Reduces the risk of certain diseases, e.g. stroke, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease

Increasing your activity should be realistic for you, so this doesn’t mean just going to the gym or taking up sport – just going for a regular walk or perhaps joining a dance class can help in the pursuit of good health, here are a few ideas for different types of activity and their intensity:

Source: Exercise - NHS

Physical activity, along with proper nutrition, is beneficial to people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities and it is what’s on the inside that matters, not just the outside!

Monitoring your total body fat, visceral fat, waist to hip ratio and waist circumference (all better indicators of weight-related health risks than BMI), can give a better understanding of your overall health and the positive effects of physical activity and other lifestyle changes, which should make all your effort measurable – and hopefully you’'ll have some fun along the way!

 

Sources

NHS. (2018, May 30). Physical activity guidelines for adults. Retrieved from NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/#guidelines-for-adults-aged-19-to-64

UK, D. (N.D.A). Visceral Fat (active fat). Retrieved from Diabetes.co.uk : https://www.diabetes.co.uk/body/visceral-fat.html