Exercise is very important for your health. It can reduce your risk of major illnesses and chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50%. It can also lower your risk of early death by up to 30%.
Exercise is very good for your mental wellbeing and can reduce your risk of depression by up to 30%, help those with mild depression and protect people against anxiety. Physical activity causes chemical changes in the brain, which can help to positively change our moods.
Technology has made people’s lives easier, so a lot of us have sedentary lifestyles where research suggests many adults spend more than 7 hours a day sitting down. The department of health have described this as a ‘silent killer’ as evidence suggests this type of lifestyle is bad for your health.
For most people, the easiest way to get moving is to make an activity you enjoy a part of your everyday life, such as walking or cycling to get around instead of using a car. However, the more you do, the healthier you will be. For any type of activity to benefit your health, you need to be moving quick enough to raise your heart rate, breathe faster and feel warmer.
For equipment free exercise routines you can do at home, please follow this link: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/10-minute-workouts/