Regular exercise

Regular exercise


Regular physical activity of moderate intensity, such as brisk walking,  can bring about health benefits and save a huge cost for the National Health Service (NHS).  Physical activity helps to protect an individual against chronic diseases and will improve an individual’s quality of life. It should be an important part of everyday life at every life stage.  Physical activity helps people to lead healthier and happier lives, no matter their age.

Recommended activity

  • Adults: 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity at least five days a week.
  • Children: 60 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each day.
  • These  can be achievedwith10-minute bursts of activityspread throughout the day.

How much physical activity an individual should do depends upon

  • Age
  • How fit they are when they start
  • Current activity levels
  • General health

Those individuals who are inactive gain more immediate benefits by beginning to exercise than those who are already fit.   Physical activity is any movement that makes you feel warm and slightly out of breath, this will be different for everyone.  It includes a range of activities from sport, structured exercise(gym) hobbies such as walking, cycling and swimming,  household activities such as housework or DIY, walking to the shops or the next bus stop, taking the dog out for a walk or any combination.  An individual can achieve the recommended level of activity by doing 10 minute bursts.

Benefits of physical activity

The benefit of physical activity comes from the total amount of activity throughout the week not how hard you push yourself.  The benefits only last if the individual keeps active.  It cannot be stored it has to be current and regular to gain  any health benefit.  The best way to do this is to make physical activity part of everyday life. For example:

  • Walk or cycle to work or school instead of travelling in a car
  • Get off the bus a stop early or walk to the next stop
  • Take up an active  hobby such as gardening, sport, gym, dancing, rambling.
  • Use the stairs instead of the lift

Regular physical activity will reduce heart disease, obesity, hypertension, depression and anxiety.

  • Regular meaningful physical activity will help to manage an individual’s weight.   
  • It is good for the heart and circulation because you are making the heart work harder, you exercising it.  
  • It helps individuals to sleep better
  • It can get rid of stress
  • Individuals feel better