Updated: Feb 22, 2020
As we all know, exercise and eating healthily are the key elements of looking after yourself. However, what a lot of us don't realise is, we aren't getting all the right types of exercise in, to keep fit and prevent us from injury.
Guidelines released last year from Public Health England, suggest that the average adult should be getting at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise (e.g. cycling, fast walking, running) and at least 2-3 days of strengthening exercise for each major muscle group (e.g. weight machines, exercise classes, pilates) a week!
If you feel like you aren't exactly hitting these targets, you're not the only one.
Some advice I give to my patients when I see them:
- Fit activity around your day to day life. Could you take the stairs at work instead of the lift? Are you able to walk or cycle part of your commute to work?
- Strengthening activity doesn't have to be boring or effortful. An exercise class is a great way to work on your strength and meet new people. Even 10 minutes of strengthening at home can also be a great way to build things up gradually.
- If you run or cycle, this is not always enough to prevent you getting injured! Strengthening exercise is massively important for keeping you fit and healthy, and ensure you can continue with the activities you enjoy.
- Talk to a health professional or someone who understands your condition to help you pace your activities, if you're struggling with pain of fatigue (e.g. a physiotherapist!)
Give it a go, and stay healthy