Research over the last few years have revealed that many adults are not doing enough exercise or physical activity. According to research carried out by to the British Heart Foundation, the North West has the highest levels of physical inactivity in both men and women, 26% and 31% respectively.
The UK guidelines of physical activity advises adults aged between 19-64 years of age to “aim to be active daily”, suggesting at least 150 minutes of “moderate intensity activity” or 75 minutes of “vigorous intensity activity”. It also recommends reducing the time spent seated for extended periods and that exercise to improve muscle strength should be undertaken at least twice a week.
According to the Telegraph, Director of Health and Wellbeing at Public Health England Professor Kevin Fenton, said: “Everyone needs to be active every day – bouts of 10 or more minutes of physical activity have proven health benefits, but getting 150 minutes or more of moderate activity every week is the amount we need to positively impact on a wide range of health conditions. This includes reducing the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.”
The NHS highlighted a reduced risk of a range of diseases, e.g. coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes as one of the many benefits of increased physical activity. It claimed that more exercise helped maintain a healthy weight and ability to perform everyday tasks with ease. It also states that an increase of physical activity improves self-esteem as well as reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Find out about different activities that are taking place in your area via the ‘Get Inspired Activity Finder’ on http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/get-inspired