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Keeping fit is one of life’s great challenges, especially as it gets easier and easier to do things that distract us from being active. With that in mind, we are going to take a look at some of the ways you might consider looking after your health through exercise and activity. The aim here is to demonstrate that not only is keeping fit possible no matter your time restraints, but it can also be a fun and social thing to do as well.
One thing for certain when discussing health is that we all need to do some form of physical exertion as part of our regular routine. According to the NHS, the average adult should be doing a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week or 75 minutes of vigorous and strength exercises working the major muscle groups on two or more days per week. So let’s take a look at what that means for you and how you can meet this requirement. Bear in mind that what this suggests is that you only need to set aside three hours out of 168 in a week to do exercise.
Aerobic exercise is the type of activity that depends on the aerobic-energy generating process, in other words it means to get enough oxygen in your system to meet the demands you are putting on your body. You will, at some point in your life, have taken part in aerobic exercise whether that was at school or just part of your normal daily life.
For some people, aerobic exercise means going to their local gym and using machines like the treadmill, cross-trainer, and rower. While for others, especially those looking at the vigorous side of aerobic exercise, will be getting their workout in through team sports like football or polo. The former of these aerobic workouts requires less pre-planning, whereas taking part in a sport you are going to need to find a team and perhaps even get your hands on a custom designed polo kit to make sure you are prepared for action. Really the decision on what kind of aerobic exercise you do will likely come down to your time commitment and what being active means to you. Some people prefer a personal session and therefore running or cycling alone is preferable, whereas others like to work in a social aspect which makes team sports ideal.
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Strength training is the type of exercise that requires you to use resistance training methods which create muscular contraction with the aim of building up strength, endurance and size of skeletal muscles. When most people think of this kind of exercise they usually think of the heavy lifting weights and physically dominant people with large muscles, but that doesn’t have to be the case.
Taking part in exercise like push ups, squats and planking are important because they build up your strength and they also help with keeping you healthy. You can incorporate weights into a strength routine, but you don’t have to. Building up muscle doesn’t have to mean that you expand your arms and legs, instead you can be solidifying your body to have greater core strength and health.