A recently released report by the British Heart Foundation has shown that more than 20 million people in the UK are increasing their risk of heart disease by being physically inactive.
It is believed that the health problems caused by physical inactivity cost the NHS £1.2 billion every year and contribute to 10% of deaths from coronary heart disease. The BHF is hoping that this worrying statistic will kick-start a nationwide change and encourage people to get more active.
Government guidelines suggest that we should all be aiming to do at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week. If you are one of the millions of physically inactive people and would like to make a change to your lifestyle, but are not sure where to start, the idea of getting more active may be daunting. However, there are many exciting and effective ways you can introduce more exercise into your daily routine, ranging from light and moderate exercise, all the way up to high intensity workouts. Here are a few of our own ideas to help you get started:
It’s always a good time to get more active, but spring is the time when many of us decide to make the change – as the weather gets warmer and summer is just around the corner. This comprehensive guide can give you advice on different types of aerobic activity and provides links to the NHS 12 week weight loss plan.
If you feel like you’re not getting enough exercise, motivating yourself to begin working out for the first time in a long time can be difficult. This article has some smart ways to motivate yourself into getting more active.
If the idea of working out is seriously unappealing to you, have a look at this list of ideas on how to make fitness fun. You don’t have to sweat it out at a gym to get your 150 minutes of exercise in a week, just try out some of these stress-free and less intimidating tips instead.
Exercise snacking is an exciting alternative to traditional forms of exercise. Exercise snackers opt for multiple bouts of intense exercise rather than one continuous work out. Experts believe that breaking exercise down into smaller portions throughout the day is the best way to kick the body’s metabolism into action and some studies have shown that this style of fitness is more effective at controlling blood sugar and burning fat.
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is another form of fitness that has created quite a buzz in the health and fitness industry. Whether you’re a beginner or a regular exerciser looking for a new routine, these intense and fast-paced work outs have many brilliant benefits and have been shown to produce impressive results.
If you plan on getting more active, it is essential that you do it correctly and safely. Stretching is extremely important for both warming up and cooling down, ensuring you keep your muscles and joints flexible, strong and more resistant to injury.
When it comes to managing weight, heart health and even emotional wellbeing – it’s hard to imagine a form of fitness more effective than swimming. It doesn’t matter what your age or fitness level, this pastime is always a wonderful way to get healthy and active.
We’ve already mentioned HIIT and exercise snacking. Here are some more of the top trends in the world of health and fitness that everyone is talking about this year.
We all know that it can be very difficult to fit the recommended amount of exercise into a busy lifestyle. Work, chores or raising a family might be holding you back from being as active as you should be. However, it is important that we all try to make physical activity one of our top priorities, so here is some advice on fitting 30 minutes of exercise into your day.
These are some of the many ways you can get back on track with your level of physical fitness regardless of your age, fitness level and lifestyle. When you find a method of exercise that suits you, you’ll find that getting more active is easier than you previously thought, so why not grab this opportunity to make exercise a part of your daily routine?