GENERAL EXERCISE

IF YOU HAVE BEEN INACTIVE FOR A TIME PLEASE CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE UNDERTAKING AN EXERCISE REGIME

EXERCISE

Keeping physically active has many benefits for your health.   Regular exercise can

• Help you feel better about yourself and reduce stress

• Improve your sleep

• Reduce your risk of depression and dementia in later life

• Reduce your risk of getting Type 2 diabetes

• Help to control diabetes

• Reduce your risk of developing heart disease

• Increase levels of ‘good’ (HDL) cholesterol

• Reduce high blood pressure

• Promote bone density to protect against osteoporosis

• Have beneficial effects if you have arthritis and lower back pain

• Help to maintain a healthy weight in combination with a balanced diet

If it’s been a while since you last exercised start by doing activity for 10 minutes at a time – a couple of sessions a day to reach the 30 minutes a day target.

• Begin with gentle activities.    Your cardiovascular system can adapt to slow and progressive changes.

• Exercise indoors during the winter.     When venturing outside, dress in layers to keep warm and store your body heat and wear a hat.    Keep your hands and feet warm too, as they lose heat quickly.

• Avoid sudden exertion when outside in cold weather.

• Make it fun – doing exercise is much easier to sustain if you enjoy it, so consider enjoyable activities like dancing.

• CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE UNDERTAKING ANY EXERCISE