How fit are you?
The risk of many of the leading causes of ill health, such as coronary heart disease, cancer and type two diabetes, could be reduced if we were to play more sport and increase our overall levels of physical activity.
Fitting some physical activity into your day is easier than you think. Being active is really good for your body, mind and health – and there are lots of easy ways you can get moving!
By meeting recommended levels of physical activity for adults, your risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes is reduced by up to 50%.
Experts recommend that adults should do 150 minutes a week of physical activity that makes you breathe faster such as cycling or fast walking. This can be done in 30 minute sessions at different times.
Examples of activities that require moderate effort for most people include:
- walking fast
- water aerobics
- riding a bike on level ground or with few hills
- doubles tennis
- pushing a lawn mower
Moderate activity will raise your heart rate and make you breathe faster and feel warmer. One way to tell if you're working at a moderate level is if you can still talk, but you can't sing the words to a song.
We should also carry out strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).
Are you doing enough? Find out by taking the One You quiz.
Vivacity leisure centres in the City Centre, Orton, Werrington, Netherton and Hampton offer exercise for health classes, as well gym and swimming options.