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Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Healthy Living:Get going every day

Healthy Living:Get going every day

This post is from the Change4Life website
Many of us aren't too keen on the idea of exercise. It might be that we’re too busy or we simply can’t face the thought of it. But most people are not getting the amount of activity they need to stay healthy. Only 1 in 20 people are actually doing the right kind of activity they need each week. And sitting down for hours – maybe at work, watching TV or playing computer games - can also increase the risk of poor health.
Building activity into your day keeps your heart healthy, reduces your risk of serious illness and strengthens muscles and bones. It can also be a great way of reducing your stress levels and lifting your mood if you’re feeling down.
That means:
  • Adults needs to be active for at least 150 minutes each week
  • Kids aged five to 16 need to be active for at least 60 minutes each day
  • Kids under five need three hours of activity a day 

Activities for adults

For adults, it can seem hard to fit activity in to a busy schedule. Working and looking after the rest of the family and the home can mean there isn’t much free time. And sometimes activity can seem expensive too - but it doesn't have to be.
It's not just about feeling stronger, fitter and more energetic. You can also get a great sense of achievement if you decide to learn to dance or take up a new sport, and you’ll feel loads more confident too.
Being active means getting your heart rate up, feeling warmer (perhaps even breaking into a light sweat) and making your lungs work harder.
Try our ideas below for easy ways to get going every day!
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