Doing some form of physical activity is crucial for long-term health, and even moderate exercise can help considerably. However, if you are more active, you are more likely to enjoy a better quality of health, you could live longer and be healthier compared to peers the same age who remain sedentary. When you don’t move enough, your muscles only use about 20% of the blood circulated by your heart, but this increases to up to 80% when you exercise.
The long-term benefits of exercise are well documented as your resting heart rate reduces, and your circulation improves. Your blood pressure will decrease, while blood volume increases. Exercising helps to improve mental acuity and increases energy levels. Exercise can help people who suffer from depression and anxiety, boosting their mood.
Ideally, you should exercise for at least 150 minutes each week, and that equates to just 25 minutes every day. Regularly exercising strengthens the cardiovascular system, and if you can incorporate weight-bearing exercises, as this helps to strengthen muscles and bones. If you haven’t exercised in a while, remember to start gradually and talk to your GP about exercising safely and at an appropriate intensity.