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Do we really need to exercise to stay fit and healthy?


The simple answer is a resounding YES, in fact adults should do a minimum of

  • 150 minutes moderate -intensity exercise, e.g. walking, tennis, cycling and swimming
  • 75 minutes vigorous exercise, such as running, football or rugby

We should also do givexercisee muscles a good workout with strength activities – such as push-ups, sit-ups or lifting and carrying – at least two times a week

The benefits of exercise:

  • Helps you control your weight.
  • Reduce your risk of heart diseases.
  • Helps your body manage blood sugar and insulin levels
  • Helps you quit smoking.
  • Improve your mental health and mood.
  • Helps keep your thinking, learning, and judgment skills sharp as you age.
  • Strengthens your bones and muscles.
  • Reduces your risk of some cancers
  • Reduces your risk of falls
  • Improve your sleep
  • Increase your chances of living longer.

Physical activity can reduce your risk of dying early from the leading causes of death, like heart disease, stroke and some cancers.


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