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How to start exercising more - and stick to it

Updated: Feb 10, 2019

Summer is just around the corner, and it’s never too late to start thinking about an exercise plan to help shed the excesses of a long cold winter, improve your fitness levels, and get yourself looking and feeling great for the warmer weather.

Everybody knows that a little exercise can help you feel lighter on the scales, but an equally important benefit is the extra endorphins your body produces every time you break a sweat.

Endorphins are your body’s response to pain or extreme exertion. These chemicals act as natural painkillers, and can have dramatic effect on your mood, sleep patterns and stress levels. The NHS recommends adults aged between 19 and 64 should be doing two types of physical activity – aerobic and muscle-strengthening. The weekly guidelines suggest:

  • 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity like brisk walking or cycling (that’s 30 mins x 5 days per week); or

  • 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity such as running; plus

  • Two strength sessions working all major muscle groups – legs, hips, chest, shoulders, arms, back, abs.

Want to read the full article written by Ashleigh Wienand for the City Matters Newspaper? Click here.



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