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In an age where convenience is king, we’ve outsourced much of our physical activity to machines and gadgets. The advancements in technology has massively simplified our daily activities, and we are all appreciative of the benefits that brings…but that does also have its draw backs. It now means that we are moving less than ever before!

Research indicates that many adults spend over 7 hours per day sitting, whether at work, in the car, or at home watching TV. The situation worsens with age; people above 65 are found to be the most sedentary age group, spending over 10 hours each day sitting or lying down. Whilst it may on face value not seem like a bad thing, in actual fact this lack of physical activity is linked to a host of chronic conditions, from coronary heart disease to type 2 diabetes and even certain types of cancer.

But there is a solution that is free, has immediate benefits, accessible to all and enjoyable! The magical remedy is exercise. Backed by extensive scientific research, exercise has been proven to reduce the incidence and help the management of over 20 chronic diseases that are associated with a sedentary lifestyle.

Regular exercise doesn’t just protect you from chronic diseases. Studies reveal that it can also improve your mental wellbeing. Physical activity has been shown to enhance self-esteem, elevate mood, improve sleep quality, and increase energy levels. It can significantly lower your risks of stress, depression, and cognitive decline, including dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Given such compelling evidence, it’s important for everyone to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives. According to the UK’s Chief Medical Officer, we should all be doing at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week. It might sound like a lot when we all lead busy lives, but actually exercise can be as simple as walking the dog, cycling to walk or taking the stairs. We all have to start somewhere and every little helps.

The effectiveness of your workout is determined by its intensity. Moderate-intensity exercises are those that make you breathe faster, elevate your heart rate, and make you feel warmer. An example could be a brisk walk. On the other hand, vigorous-intensity activities significantly raise your heart rate, making it hard for you to speak more than a few words such as running. Both intensities have their merits, but vigorous activities offer added health advantages.

We should all make an effort to sit less and move more. Exercise is not just an option but a necessity for maintaining good health and wellbeing. It’s the miracle cure that has always been within our reach, but often overlooked as our lives continue to be shaped by technology. After all, the best investment you can make is in your health, and all it takes is a mere 150 minutes a week. So, why not start now? At Abbey Stadium we have a huge range of activities that you can get started with, whether you want to go the to the gym, have a swim, jog around the athletics track or play a game of badminton, start with just 30 minutes of activity, once a week and then build up from there. We are here to help and support you at every stage of your journey.