Your Fitness

Exercise helps to keep you fit

Becoming and staying fit requires determination – and time. Many people say they are so busy they simply can’t fit in the time to take regular exercise.

However, you can find time for exercise if you really want to. There are some really good reasons to do so. Moderate daily exercise may reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, bowel cancer, breast cancer, osteoporosis and obesity. Just 30 minutes of exercise a day may be all that you need and you can break this down into 10 minute chunks if you like.

It’s important not to overdo things. The key word is ‘moderate’ exercise. This means any activity which forces you to take deeper breaths. This may make you a little breathless – but you shouldn’t be speechless.

If going to the gym doesn’t appeal, there are many things you can do instead. Get off at the bus stop before your usual one and walk the rest, park in the farthest corner of the car park rather than the closest, take the stairs rather than the lift, take a walk after lunch or dinner… these are all practical ideas which can help increase your enthusiasm for more strenuous activity.

For more commonsense advice on staying healthy through exercise, talk to us at The Practice Group or visit one of the recommended sites below:

Patient UK – please go to “Physical Activity for Health”
http://patient.info/health/physical-activity-for-health

NHS Choices – please go to the page on Introduction and facts about exercise
http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/fitness/Pages/Fitnesshome.aspx

Please note:
If you have a condition that concerns you about physical activity, then see a doctor before starting a physical activity programme.

There is always a risk of injury from exercise and there are times when it may not be beneficial to do so. We recommend you click here for advice

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