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Exercise your way to health; BODY AND MIND.

Byline: APRIL LOGAN

With increasing demands on the NHS, it is possible to prevent many conditions by exercising regularly. With over 60 per cent of the global population underactive, where do we start? The answer is with moderate, regular exercise for 150 minutes a week.

Walking – walking more and at a faster pace works wonders. Stick on a pedometer and aim to beat your total steps each week. Walk to work a couple of times each week or walk the kids to school.

Aerobic activity – running, cycling, swimming, fitness classes, hill walking, dancing – anything that gets you working a bit harder than normal.

This significantly reduces the risk of stroke, heart disease, type two diabetes and helps with asthma and depression.

Muscle conditioning – activities such as lifting weights, hitting a punch bag, swinging a kettlebell, using a suspension trainer and exercising with a stability ball.

It reduces the risk of getting and the effects of osteoporosis, arthritis, muscular and injuries, fractures and obesity.

Even if you have pre–existing conditions, the best prescription you will ever pick up is exercise. Ask medical and fitness professionals for guidance before starting.

FOR INFORMATION AND ADVICE FROM APRIL, VISIT WWW.PERSONALTRAININGSCOTLAND.COM OR EMAIL HER AT FITNESS@SUNDAYMAIL.CO.UK

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 13, 2014
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