Physical Activity and Health
Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do to improve your health and well-being. It has many benefits, including:
- Reducing your risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes
- Helping you maintain a healthy weight
- Improving your mood and reducing stress
- Strengthening your bones and muscles
- Increasing your energy levels
Types of Physical Activity
Physical activity can be any type of movement that increases your heart rate and breathing. It can include activities such as:
- Strength training
You don’t have to do high-intensity exercise to reap the benefits. Even moderate physical activity, such as taking a brisk walk, can have positive effects.
How Much Physical Activity is Enough?
The World Health Organization recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week, such as walking or cycling. If you prefer more vigorous activity, you can reduce this time to 75 minutes. You should also aim to do muscle-strengthening exercises at least twice a week. This can include activities such as lifting weights, yoga, or doing bodyweight exercises.
Making Time for Physical Activity
It can be difficult to find the time to fit physical activity into your day. Here are some tips to help you get started:
- Schedule your workouts into your diary like you would any other appointment.
- Make physical activity part of your daily routine. For example, park your car at the furthest point away from the store and walk the rest of the way.
- Set yourself small goals, such as taking a 10-minute walk after lunch.
- Do activities you enjoy. You’re much more likely to stick to them if you have fun doing them!
Remember, any activity is better than none. Even if you can’t find time to do 150 minutes of physical activity each week, even short bursts of activity can have positive benefits for your health and well-being.