Exercise – Get Active

Regular exercise is not only good for your health but can actually make you feel good too.  Getting the right amount of exercise can help protect you from heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, obesity, back pain, increase your energy levels and improve your mood.

Children, teens, adults and the elderly can all improve their health and well-being and have fun by including regular physical activity in their daily lives.

For the greatest overall health benefits, we recommend that you do 20 to 30 minutes of physical activity three or more times  a week.  Being physically active can be easier that you think, especially if you make physical activity a part of your daily routine.

Did you know..........

  • Exercise benefits every part of the body, including the mind – Exercise decreases the stress hormones such as cortisol and increases endorphins.  Endorphins are the body’s natural feel good chemicals, and when they are released through exercise, your mood is boosted naturally.  As well as endorphins, exercise as releases adrenaline, serotonin and dopamine.  These chemicals work together to make you feel good.
  • Exercise can help your body age better – Exercising regularly can help to maintain a healthy weight and look more toned.
  • Exercise can help your body age better – Studies have found that weight-bearing exercises such as running, brisk walking can help to keep the bones strong.  As women age they are more prone to develop a condition called osteoporosis (a weakening of the bones) therefore it is important to start exercising now and not later.
  • Exercise can improve strength and well being – Exercising increases your ability to do daily activities without getting tired and improves your balance and flexibility.  Exercising regularly improves posture, maintains muscle tone and reduces the risk of falling and fracturing bones.

Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.

Edward Stanley, Earl of Derby (1826-93), British statesman. The Conduct of Life, address at Liverpool College, 20 Dec 1873.

Balanced Exercise