Time to get moving!
The benefits of exercise!
It's free, easy to take, has an immediate effect and you don't need a GP to get some. Its name? Exercise. Whatever your age, there's strong scientific evidence that being physically active can help you lead a healthier and happier life. Research shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
What you could try to keep active!
Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility) and breathing.
Make exercise fun!
To help, here are some of our top suggestions to put the fun back into your exercise routine:
Exercise with a friend or join a class. Exercising with others can be really motivational.
Reward yourself, put a plan in place and think of a healthy positive reward for each time you put exercise.
Pump up the volume, get your favourite music on!
Watch your favourite TV show or set challenges between you and a friend and see who can do the most.
High Interval Training
HIT is repeated, hard bouts of work interspersed with periods of recovery. It’s the opposite of going for a long, easy run where you ration your energy in order to sustain the activity for longer. A proper warm-up is also crucial.
Your body produces lactic acid which makes your muscles tired and sore,
stretching helps to eliminate the lactic acid. Endorphins are released after a workout once your body starts to cool down, stretching helps slow the cooling process ensuring you feel energised after your workout.
So there are lots of ways that we can try and get more active! Even if its just doing some jogging on the spot in your Livingroom while you watch Corrie, or you dance in your kitchen while you cook tea, it all contributes towards a more active lifestyle!
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.
Evidence is emerging that sedentary behaviour, such as sitting or lying down for long periods, is bad for your health.