Did you know...?
That cardio training like running, walking, cycling, dancing or swimming improves your cardiovascular system, and that strength training improves your muscles, bones and joints?
There are a LOT of benefits to an active lifestyle
Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can help you to:
|Control your weight|
|Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease|
|Reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes|
|Reduce your risk of some cancer types|
|Improve your sleep|
|Improve your energy level|
|Strengthen your muscles and bones|
|Improve your mental health and mood|
|Improve your immune system|
|Reduce pain in your back and neck area|
|Improve your endurance|
|Increase your chances of living a long and healthy life|
Build strong, healthy muscles
As you age, it's important to protect your bones, joints and muscles. Not only do they support your body and help you move, but keeping bones, joints and muscles healthy can help ensure that you're able to do your daily activities and to be physically active. Muscle-strengthening activities can help you increase or maintain your muscle mass and strength. Slowly increasing the amount of weight and number of repetitions you do will give you even more benefits, no matter your age.
If you have not done any strength training before make sure to get professional advice before you start. Talk to your doctor, a fitness instructor or personal trainer and get a personalised program with specific exercises that target YOUR needs.
Make sure to get the technique right so you do not get any injuries. And remember with strength training, quality is always more important than quantity. It is better to do 8 perfect repetitions than 20 half-hearted ones.
Did you know...?
That everyone can gain the health benefits of physical activity?
Age, gender, ethnicity, shape or size do not matter.
So get up and get going.
Be an inspiration to your children
Teach your children the benefits from a healthy lifestyle and encourage them to stay active. Make sure they get at least 60 minutes of physical activity everyday.
And remember that children do what they see you do, so if you stay active the chances are that your children will too.