Just 30 minutes of moderate exercise five times per week will make all the difference to your heart health. Exercise is good for the heart and helps you to maintain a healthy weight. It also helps to lower other risk factors, like high blood pressure.
Still not convinced? Here are 10 more reasons to start your exercise programme today:
1. People who exercise regularly live longer
2. Regular exercise provides a better quality of life in later years as those who exercise daily have better mobility and flexibility
3. Exercise releases endorphins which gives the body a natural ‘high’
4. Exercise tones muscles and banishes unsightly bulges
5. Joining a walking club or gym provides an opportunity to socialize and meet new people
6. Being active improves skin tone and gives a healthy glow
7. Exercise is good for the mind as it relieves stress
8. Exercise burns kilojoules (energy) which helps to control your weight
9. People who exercise regularly suffer less from depression and are generally more optimistic
10. All of the above
How do I get started?
It is important that you exercise safely. If you have not exercised before, or have any risk factors for cardiovascular disease, it is recommended that you consult with your doctor before starting any exercise programme.
First pick an activity that you enjoy and think you could stick to; it could be swimming, walking or even gardening.
Set yourself a goal to build up to at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on five or more days a week. Moderate physical activity makes you breathe more heavily than normal and makes you warmer.
If 30 minutes is too much for you at the moment, build up slowly by:
• starting with ten minutes activity at least three times a day and start slowly at a level that suits you gradually building up the time and frequency until 30 minutes feels easier
• choosing a variety of activities that you enjoy
• trying to do something every day
• remember to stop exercising if you feel any pain or discomfort