Inactivity is a global issue. A 2008 study by the World Health Organisation reported that 31% of adults across the world were not participating in enough physical activity on a regular basis. Not participating in regular exercise can put your overall health at risk and make you more susceptible to certain diseases.
Some common symptoms of a lack of exercise include:
- Stiff joints
- Lack of energy
- Poor posture
- High blood pressure
- Increased risk of strokes and coronary heart disease
As a guideline, it is recommended for children aged 5 to 18 years to complete at least one hour of physical activity every day.
Adults aged 19 to 64 years of age are advised to complete 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity very week.
Adults aged over 65 years are recommended to complete 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise every week with strength exercises two days a week as well.
How to Increase Physical Activity
But finding time for exercise doesn’t have to be a chore. It can be simple tasks in your daily routine that you switch for a fitter alternative:
- Take the stairs
- Join a class
- Buy an interactive fitness game
- Walk or ride a bike instead of driving
- Find a home fitness DVD
- Join the gym with a friend
- Take your dog for longer walks
Even the smallest of changes can have a positive impact on your physical health, which is why it is so vital to find time in your schedule, no matter how busy you may be.
Benefits of Regular Exercise
Increasing your physical activity will not only help reduce your risk of stress, depression, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia but will also improve your learning capabilities and mental performance. It will also provide you with more energy, boost your confidence, benefit your health and help you get a better night’s sleep so you can wake up feeling refreshed.
Regular exercise can also provide you with the following advantages:
- up to 20% lower risk of breast cancer
- 30% lower risk of early death
- 30% lower risk of falls (among older adults)
- up to a 30% lower risk of depression and dementia
- up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes and colon cancer
- up to a 68% lower risk of hip fracture
- up to an 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis
Overall, participating in more regular exercise can bring a whole range of benefits to both your physical and mental health. As well as lowering your risk of contracting certain diseases, it will also help your body to function better and do wonders for your muscles and joints.
At Fiona Passey Osteopaths, our practitioners regularly incorporate exercise therapy into treatment plans, in order to encourage a healthier lifestyle and help increase the mobility of the joints. If you are suffering from an injury or chronic pain that prevents you from exercising regularly, contact us today to learn how we may be able to help you.