Physical activity doesn’t have to be complicated. It doesn’t have to involve buying a whole range of expensive equipment. And you don’t need to exercise vigorously or for long periods to improve your health. A 2007 study of inactive women found that even a low level of exercise — around 75 minutes per week — improved their fitness levels significantly, when compared to a non-exercising group.
Research has shown that if you can set yourself a goal of exercising briskly for at least 30 minutes, most days of the week, you will be on the right track to:
- Lose body fat
- Improve your fitness
- Strengthen your bones and improve your balance
- Reduce your risk of long-term conditions such as type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers
Physical activity benefits so much more than just our physical health; it also makes us happier. Studies have shown that within five minutes of starting to exercise, our endorphins – the body’s feel-good hormones – are released into the bloodstream and start improving our mood.
Physical activity is also great for our social health meeting friends to exercise and chat, or joining a specific exercise group is a great way to feel connected and improve your fitness at the same time.