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Why should you exercise and how much should you do?
Exercising and getting out and about can be challenging, especially in our west coast weather.
But physical activity helps to reduce health risks, helps with weight management and increases life expectancy?
Every week an adult should aim to get 150 minutes – two-and-a-half hours – of moderate activity, which could include walking and gardening, or 75 minutes of vigorous activity such as running. Adults should aim to minimise the amount of time they are sedentary and do physical activity at least twice a week.
Adults should participate in regular activity to gain health benefits including physical and mental health and social wellbeing. Small amounts of physical activity are better than none. Even light activity is more beneficial than being sedentary.
Older adults will benefit from weight bearing exercises to maintain muscle and bone health. Doing physical activity will also lead to improved balance and increased flexibility. Older adults should also break up long periods of rest when possible. Even standing up has health benefits for older people.
Healthy options now offer a self-referral scheme called Thrive, available on its website at www.lornhealthyoptions.co.uk.
Rob Graham, lead exercise professional, Healthy Options.