Unless you happen to be an Olympic athlete, the fact is you probably ought to be getting a bit more exercise – maybe even a lot more.
An inactive lifestyle can be seriously affecting your health and can be as deadly as smoking. By having a more physically active life style you are 50% less likely to develop coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke and type 2 diabetes, and can reduce your risk of premature death by about 20-30%.
Levels of inactivity in Wales are higher that they are in England with only 30% of the population achieving the recommended levels of weekly activity. We’d all feel better for it, and it can even reduce our chances of serious illness, including cancer. The good news is that even a small amount of exercise will work wonders to improve your health and wellbeing – and walking’s the perfect way to do it. Believe it or not, the recommended weekly amount of physical activity is only 150 minutes; broken down, that’s half an hour of brisk walking five days a week or shorter amounts that add up to 30 minutes.
A brisk 30 min walk a day can:
- burns more fat than jogging;
- reduces your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease;
- cuts your risk of osteoporosis, by building up bone density;
- improves your circulation, your heart health, and increases blood pressure by five points;
- cuts your chances of developing glaucoma;
- if you’re a woman, reduces your chances of colon cancert;
- builds abdominal, leg, arm and shoulder muscles; and
- diminishes feelings of stress, tension, anxiety, and fatigue in only ten minutes
Best of all, it’s free – and here in Wales we have one of the world’s most amazing countries to do it in, with natural beauty and historic landscapes and friendly people all around us.
Just fit in half an hour of brisk walking five days a week – or shorter amounts that add up to 30 minutes - and you’re on your way to a healthier lifestyle.