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Reasons to exercise

How often and type of exercise

Exercise not only keeps you fit and healthy, but makes you look and feel your best. Other very good health benefits of working out include:

  • Weight loss
  • Reduced raised cholesterol and reduces risk of heart disease and reduces high blood pressure
  • Reduces risk of diabetes and risk of osteoporosis
  • Reduces stress levels

 

 

If you are new to regular exercise or have had time out, take it slowly at first and build up at a suitable pace for you

  • Cardiovascular (CV) exercise, 20 minites +, 3 times a week (eg CV machines in a gym, aerobics classes, brisk walking, swimming)
  •  Resistance work - 2 x week minimum (eg resistance machines in a gym, body conditioning classes)
  • Stretch - do not forget to stretch out the muscles you are using, before and after your exercise session (warm up first!). This helps prevent injury and maintains flexability.

 

 

Special Conditions

Enjoy your exercise

Pre / post natal, 50+ Exercise should still be an important part of your lifestyle, tailored to your needs. If you are in any way unsure or have a specific medical condition, please seek professional advice.

Medical Conditions It is advisable to check with your doctor, as well as a fitness professional, before embarking on a new fitness regime while taking any medication or with any medical condition.

Try to find classes, clubs or sports that you enjoy. Include a variety of activities to keep you interested. If you find activities that are fun and sociable you are more likely to stick to your new lifestyle.