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With all of these ever-changing guidelines, such as how many portions of fruit and veg we should eat every day, how many hours of sleep we should get every night, it can be difficult to keep track of it all!

The Department of Health recommend 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week; or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity. As well as two strength and conditioning sessions e.g. yoga, pilates, weights or rock climbing.

These recommendations are based on maintaining a healthy weight whilst lowering the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and high blood pressure. However, if you are trying to increase weight loss, activity levels should be increased to approximately 300 minutes per week.

Moderate aerobic exercise includes activities such as:

  • Brisk walking
  • Swimming
  • Basketball
  • Tennis

Vigorous aerobic exercise includes activities such as:

  • Running
  • Sprinting
  • Skipping
  • Aerobics

If you want to increase your levels of activity, why not try the ‘Couch to 5km’ programme, a 9 week fitness plan for beginners.

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/c25k/Pages/get-running-with-couch-to-5k.aspx