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Why Exercise?

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There is clear evidence that being physically activity is essential for good health. For instance, people who are physically active reduce their risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes by up to 50%. However, based on self-reporting, 61% of men and 71% of women in England aged 16 and over do not meet the national recommended levels of physical activity.

The benefits of an active lifestyle are:

  • In combination with healthy eating being more being active helps control body weight 
  • Promotes better mental health and wellbeing 
  • Helps prevent or reduce high blood pressure 
  • Reduces the risk of developing type II diabetes 
  • Reduces the risk of developing coronary heart disease 
  • Reduces the risk of developing some cancers 
  • Increases life expectancy 

Human BodyHow much should we do? 

In England, the current recommendation is to engage in a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity of at least a moderate intensity on five or more days a week. This can be achieved either by doing all the daily activity in one session, or through multiple shorter bouts of 10 minutes or more. However,
everyone’s goal should simply be to start moving more.


The benefit to all ages

Physical activity can bring a wealth of benefits to your health regardless of your age! Whether you are 2yrs old or 90yrs old, exercise can promote longevity.
 The benefits of physical activity for cardiovascular disease appear to be just as strong for older people as they are in middle age and strength-training programmes in older people can produce signifcant improvements in muscle strength, leading to improvements in functional mobility and a reduction in falls.  It would seem, then, that physical activity can add not only years to your life, but life to your years


Did you know that?

- More than half of the bones in the human body are in the hands and feet

- The heart beats about 3 billion times in the average person’s lifespan (that’s 3,000,000,000 beats)

-The highest recording sneeze is 102 miles per hour

-The surface area of you lungs is about the size if a tennis court

- Skin is the largest body organ

- Even if you stood on your head food would still get to your stomach

- The average adult is made of about 100 trillion cells (that’s 100,000,000,000,000 cells!)

Physical Activity substantially reduces the risk of common diseases

Coronary Heart  Disease Moving to moderate activity could reduce risk by 10%
Stroke Moderately active individuals have a 20% lower risk of stroke incidence or mortality
Type 2 diabetes Active individuals have a 33-50% lower risk
Colon cancer he most active individuals have a 40-50% lower risk
Breast cancer More active women have a 30% lower risk
Osteoporosis Being physically active reduces the risk of later hip fracture by up to 50%

Source: Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer 2009