It is well known that exercise is vital to maintain physical health but it also helps to ensure a well-balanced lifestyle and protect mental health.
Through regular exercise you will:
1) Improve your physical health and fitness.
2) Increase your energy, vitality and stamina.
3) Improve your appearance.
4) Meet people and develop your social life.
5) Improve your confidence and self-esteem.
6) Reduce anxiety, tension and depression.
7) Enjoy yourself!
So how much exercise should you aim for?
Experts suggest doing a minimum of 30 minutes moderately demanding exercise, on at least five days out of seven. Many people consider this an unrealistic demand on their time and energy levels, but this need not be the case. Its actually not as difficult as you might think to fit exercise quite naturally into your daily routine. Time spent on housework, gardening, stair climbing and active travel all count towards the daily total. The more exercise can be incorporated into normal activities, the easier it is to achieve these targets.
How does exercise bring about these benefits? The human body is designed for rigorous exercise and there is plenty of evidence that regular exercise can reduce the risk of many major illnesses as well as reducing mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and stress.