UK guidelines advise us to take 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week. However even small amounts of physical activity are good for you and can reduce your risk of dying early.
If you exercise for at least 15 minutes per day you are likely to live approximately 3 years longer than someone who is inactive. That’s quite a difference for only a small amount of activity and the more exercise you do, the bigger the health benefits.
Not being active is more likely to shorten your life than high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes or smoking. In fact an American study has revealed that low fitness kills more people than smoking, diabetes and obesity combined.
And if you need any more persuading about the benefits of exercise there are a couple of short videos that might help:
Do you think you have an excuse not to exercise? This is a fabulous YouTube clip looking at the kind of excuses people come up with. If you have an excuse I bet it’s one of these :
This is simply the most wonderful short film designed to make you be more active. It is brilliant, millions of people have watched it on YouTube. If you aren’t fully convinced of the need to be more active this film, called 23 and a half hours, will probably persuade you, and it’s fun.