“6 out of 10 men and 7 out of 10 women aged 16-74 years do not do enough physical exercise to benefit their health.”
The Department of Health
Lack of exercise doubles the risk of coronary heart disease and triples the risk of stroke. Research by The British Heart Foundation suggests that 70% of UK adults do not exercise enough and physical inactivity is the most common risk factor for Britain's biggest killer, coronary heart disease (CHD) which leads to 110,000 deaths a year. Stress and musculoskeletal disorders are now the commonest reported causes of sickness absence, costing employers £11 billion per year.
Some useful tips to avoid becoming a statistic:
- Take regular exercise five times a week for 30 minutes or more
- Walking, cycling, running, swimming are all better than going to the gym
- Getting slightly out of breath is good but you should still be able to talk, although it should be in broken phrases.
- Resistance training is the best way to improve strength and endurance of muscles and is very beneficial to weight loss
- Resistance training also strengthens the skeletal system reducing the risks of developing a degenerative skeletal disease i.e. osteoarthritis.