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Are you exercising enough?

14 Oct 2016 Sandra Wright General
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Research shows that a healthy individual that exercises on a regular basis can reduce major illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower the risk of early death by up to 30%. By improving blood circulation, it reduces the risk of heart disease and also helps keep weight under control.

What can we call exercise? Well, exercise is any movement that works the body at a greater intensity than the norm. This could range from a brisk walk to pick the children up from school to an intense aerobic class at the gym. The exercise will raise your heart rate and work your muscles bringing you loads of benefits.

As this continues, breathing speeds up to get more oxygen and get rid of carbon dioxide which you breath out. This pumps more oxygen to the brain which releases hormones which aid and provide a nourishing environment for the growth of further brain cells.

Essentially when you exercise it makes you feel better, it is free, easy to take, and has an immediate effect. You don’t even need a prescription to get some!

Please note this is not medical advice and you should always check with your GP that you are safe to do exercise if you are not already doing so. Your doctor may need to advise you if it's safe to start.