If your attitude to healthy living has always been "If we were meant to touch our toes, they would be further up our bodies," – think again!
In our heart of hearts, we probably all know how beneficial physical activity is for our health and general well being. So why is it that all too often our good intentions to lead healthier lifestyles fall by the way-side? Are we a nation of wallflowers unable to enjoy a bit of healthy exhibitionism when the opportunity arises? Will we always view keeping fit as a chore?
One of the main reasons we should all be, and stay, physically active is for our health. No matter what our current health concern is - be it high blood pressure, excess weight or heart disease - regular physical activity is without a doubt the key to a long and healthy life.
If you already consider yourself to be active, chances are you’re significantly over-estimating how much physical activity you actually do.
And while it is wholly unrealistic to go in search of the fitness levels achieved by elite athletes, adding a little physical activity into your day is not!
Just 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise five days a week is all you need to achieve that healthy lifestyle. That equates to just 1.5 per cent of the total time in a seven-day week! The 30 minutes can even be split up into smaller chunks, with 3 x 10 minute sessions or 2 x 15 minute sessions – which can be just as effective.
The evidence is growing and is more convincing than ever. People of all ages who are generally inactive can improve their health and well-being by becoming active on a regular basis. And the benefits of doing so are plenty as the following pages will reveal.
So what are you waiting for? Set yourself realistic goals and do something active that you enjoy because if you’re having fun, it will be much easier to keep it up!
So delve straight in and find out just how easy it is to get that heart rate pumping and to take those small steps to make a big difference.