“If exercise were a pill, it would be one of the most cost-effective drugs ever invented.”
It has been described as the miracle cure we’ve always had but for too long have neglected to take our recommended dose.
There’s little doubt exercise is good for our health. Regular exercise can reduce your risk of major illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer and reduce your risk of early death by up to 30%.
But despite the obvious benefits, many people are still failing to build sufficient physical activity into their daily routine.
It is recommended that each week adults aged 19-64 do 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity, backed up by strength exercises that work the major muscles on two or more days. For vigorous activity such as running the weekly target is 75 minutes.
Unfortunately, these days we are more likely to lead a more sedentary lifestyle than previous generations. We travel in cars or on public transport, fewer of us do manual jobs and we get our entertainment via the television or computer.
Research suggests many adults spend seven hours a day sitting down – be it at work, on transport or in our leisure time.
Medically proven statistics should provide all the incentive we need to pull on our running shoes and enjoy that feel good factor that exercise brings.
Figures taken from the NHS.uk website indicate that people who engage in regular physical activity have:
And at a time when it is estimated that 1 in 4 adults in the UK is obese, running is a great way to burn off those calories. As a rough rule of thumb, an average person uses 100 calories per mile.
As Dr Nick Cavill, a health promotion consultant, says on the NHS website: “If exercise were a pill, it would be one of the most cost-effective drugs ever invented.”