Let's get physical
Are you getting enough exercise? If not, let us help to start change your lifestyle.
Importance of fitness
We all know that physical activity is vital for our health and wellbeing. It reduces the risk of heart disease and conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, unhealthy blood cholesterol levels and poor bone health, but too many of us don’t practice what we preach!
Enjoy Blue Band as part of a healthy lifestyle; and we also recognise that exercise is the basis of a healthy lifestyle – and it’s also a great antidote for the stresses of life, helping us relax and get a good night’s sleep.
Benefits of getting started
If you find you’re too tired to be active, you’ll be surprised at how much more energetic you feel once you get started!
Remember that moderate activity in your daily life is already enough to gain health benefits. For example, take the stairs rather than the lift and get off the bus a stop early and walk in the sunshine. There are so many ways to become more active. Take a look at some of our other ideas.
Try 30 minutes daily
Try and get at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity on most days of the week
Start gently, maybe once or twice a week, and build up gently
Do not worry if you find 30 minutes is too difficult in one go. Aim for three 10 minute sessions then, after a few weeks, try to do 30 minutes
- Slow down at the end of your activity, do not just stop suddenly
- Try to be more active in your daily life
- Try to be varied with the physical activity you undertake, so that you exercise different muscle groups.
- Be physically active on a regular basis. Arrange to do some activity with a friend, you are more likely to do it regularly if you support each other.
- Leave at least an hour after heavy meals before exercising
- Aim to do sufficient activity to make you feel warm and slightly breathless, you don’t have to be speechless
- Don’t be in pain. If you feel pain, stop.
- If you are planning on undertaking vigorous exercise, consult your physician first, if you are recovering from an illness, have a medical condition or joint problem which you believe may be aggravated, or if you are male and over 40, or female and over 50