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What is being Physically Active?

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Hi All,

This is just a very short post about what it means to be Physically Active, as a Personal Trainer in Manchester, I get asked all the time what is the minimum amount of activity a person needs to do for health.  A scary fact is that 6 out of 10 men and 7 out of 10 women in the UK are not active enough for health (according to the Department of Health).  The worst bit is it is so easy to be one of the few who are physically active.

So we are not talking for weight loss, or toning, just for basic health. First of all lets look at the benefits to low level physical activity on the body.

What Moderate Physical Activity will do for you:-

– Reduce your risk of premature death by 20-30%

– Reduce your risk of getting Type II Diabetes (Adult on set)

– upto 50% less likly to suffer with Coranary Heart Disease

– Improve function

– Reduce risk of back pain

– Increase bone density (reducing osteopherosis risk)

So what do you need to do?

– Moderate acttivity 5 times per week for 30 minutes

Moderate activity is anything that slightly elevates your heart rate, you might start breathing more deeply and feeling your heart rate raise.  However you should NOT be gasping for air, sweating heavily, or in any kind of pain.  For most peolpe brisk walking constitutes moderate intensity.

In terms of time you do not have to do this lot in one 30 minute block, you can break it down into sections of a minimum of 10 mins, this makes it much easier to fit into your day.  Lets face it we are all busy people and trying to find an extra 30 minutes to fit into your day for physical activity can be hard.

We have a solution!

We encorage people to look for activities that they already have to do, such as shopping and see how they can start to use these activities of daily living as physical activity.  Alot of the time we are moving about or doing physical activities but we just don’t do them at a good enough pace to constitute physical activity.

Some ideas for you!

– Walking round the shops

– Gardening

– Stairs instead of the lift

– DIY

– House work

– Walking the dog

– What else can you think of? Fill in your ideas in the comments box below.

Take every opportunity to get a little bit of activity in, and trust me it will all add up to have a massive overall effect on your levels of wellbeing.

Take it a step at a time!

TOM