Live a healthy lifestyle
Most of us know that exercise is a key part of leading a healthy
lifestyle. However many of us may find it difficult to get
motivated, either because of time limitations or negative
Exercise doesn't have to feel like exercise
Exercise can consist of hours on a treadmill, or lifting weights
in a gym. For some people this is ideal and helps them focus on the
activity; however for many people, this is not appealing.
You can experience all the benefits of
exercising in a gym, and more, by exploring Kent on foot or by
A gentle walk thorough a
country park can
burn around 200 calories per hour. Take your family along, and
playing with your children while out on a walk can burn 300.
Cycle to work
and you could be burning 400 calories an hour.
Exercising in the open air is certainly a cheaper way to gain
the benefits of an active lifestyle; you could even save money on
Changing your lifestyle to incorporate even the slightest
increase in activity could be of real benefit to the health of you
and those around you. You could inspire your children or friends to
become more active, and could socialise in different ways to save money and
have fun while becoming healthier.
Just about losing weight?
Exercise can of course help lose weight, but it can also
dramatically reduce your chances of suffering from one of the UK's
biggest killer diseases in later life - coronary heart disease,
high blood pressure, obesity and cancer of the colon. Exercise can
help with sleeplessness, which in turn will help you feel more
alert during the day.
Only about physical heath?
Being physically active can support good mental health too,
helping you to manage stress, anxiety and even depression. If you
look and feel physically fit, you can feel happier about your
appearance, and this can boost self confidence.
Just for young people?
It is never too late to start receiving the benefits of an
active lifestyle. Exercise as you get older strengthens your
muscles, joints and bones as well as helping with mobility (and
therefore independence) and balance, important as it helps to
prevent falls, which are the leading cause of injury and death for
the over 75s.
Carry on reading for more information and practical
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