Adults should aim to take part in at least 150 minutes moderate intensity exercise each week. This includes exercise that lasts for at least 10 minutes or longer which increases your heart rate and makes you feel slightly out of breathe but can still hold a conversation. Walking, running and cycling are great, cost effective ways to achieve your 150 minutes and may have the following benefits on your health:
- Boost your self esteem
- Reduce stress levels and improve your mood
- Improve sleep
- Promote better mental wellbeing
- Burn calories and aid weight loss
- Benefit the immune system
- Improve muscle strength and posture
- Reduces the risk of falls in older people
- Walk, run or cycle on your own or in a group
- Walk, run or cycle at local parks and open spaces
- Build it into your daily routine such as getting to work or getting active during your lunch break.
- There the opportunity to join local groups led by trained volunteer leaders. This may also provide social benefits from meeting new people and making friends
You can learn more about this by reading the latest Run, Walk, Cycle booklet.