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Exercise and Professionals

Exercise is one of the most important elements for overall health and wellbeing. Being more physically active can reduce the risk of developing several life-threatening illnesses, including heart disease and stroke, by up to 50%, as well as being a major boost to your general mood and levels of motivation. Exercise doesn’t have to mean spending hours in the gym, or pushing yourself to your absolute limits in order to be the next pro-athlete; simply moving more, whatever your age, will improve your fitness, decrease any risk of potential illness, improve your energy, help cure depression and generally make you feel much better and much fitter all round.

How much Exercise is enough?

It’s no secret that we, as a nation, don’t do enough exercise; experts believe that the average person should do at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise (such as a brisk walk, cycle ride, swimming, playing a sport etc.) a week, and Dr Nick Cavill, a Health Promotion Consultant, is quoted on the NHS website as saying “If exercise were a pill, it would be one of the most cost-effective drugs ever invented.”

Leading a sedentary lifestyle, as many of us do, is bad for your health. Studies have shown that the majority of us spend as much as 7 hours a day sitting, in cars, at desks or in front of the telly; making us the most inactive generation for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. This sort of inactivity leads to weight-gain, obesity, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and contributes to numerous other conditions and illnesses.

How do I begin Exercising more regularly?

If you don’t know where to start, there are plenty of Exercise Professionals and Community Organisations around that can help you begin leading a healthier lifestyle, just by becoming more active. At most Local Authority Gyms, you don’t need to become a full-time member to take part in classes such as Aerobics, Boxercize, Zumba, Kettle Bells etc. All of these classes (and many more besides) will be led by qualified Fitness and Exercise Instructors that are there to help motivate and teach you fun ways to improve your fitness levels and start exercising regularly. Don’t be intimidated by joining, or attending, your local Gym; the vast majority will be just the same as you or me, everyday people trying to lead a healthier lifestyle.

If you are intimidated or put off by joining a class, all Gyms should have Personal Trainers and Fitness Instructors on staff to help you on a more personal level, some will even come to your home. They are available to offer you an individual service, tailored entirely to your needs, and support and motivate you through your first few exercise sessions and beyond. Their help can be invaluable when it comes to exercising correctly and seeing genuine results. A professional Fitness Instructor or Personal Trainer will assess your overall fitness level before beginning a programme of training that will suit you perfectly.
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If you’re looking for a more gentle approach to increasing your fitness with exercise, Yoga and Pilates are excellent ways of improving your flexibility, muscle strength, tone and mood. Both these forms of exercise bring the combination of meditation, breathing and muscle stretching that can improve posture and be extremely effective at easing stress and anxiety.

The reality is that exercise, is whatever form it takes, will be infinitely better for you than the alternative. Everybody can benefit from being more active in their everyday lives, and most people find that once they start, they lead a much fuller, happier and healthier life.