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If someone told us we could take a pill that could boost self-esteem, mood, quality of sleep and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease we would be queuing in the streets to get our hands on it.

Research shows us that physical activity can give us all of these benefits, and with minimal risk of negative side effects!!!
It’s medically proven that people who do regular physical activity have up to a:

  • %35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
  • 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes
  • 50% lower risk of colon cancer
  • 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis
  • 68% lower risk of hip fracture
  • 30% lower risk of dementia

Adults, including those over 65, should try to be active daily and aim to achieve at least 150 minutes of physical activity over a week through a variety of activities, including muscle strengthening activities on at least 2 days per week.

Children under 5 should do 180 minutes every day, and young people (5-18yrs) should do 60 minutes every day and also include muscle strengthening activities on at least 3 day per week.

For any type of activity to benefit your health, you need to be moving quick enough to raise your heart rate, breathe faster and feel warmer. This level of effort is called moderate intensity activity. One way to tell if you’re working at a moderate intensity is if you can still talk but you can’t sing the words to a song.

If your activity requires you to work even harder, it is called vigorous intensity activity. There is substantial evidence that vigorous activity can bring health benefits over and above that of moderate activity. You can tell when it’s vigorous activity because you’re breathing hard and fast, and your heart rate has gone up quite a bit. If you’re working at this level, you won’t be able to say more than a few words without pausing for a breath.

Alongside your regular chiropractic care, exercise is a vital component allowing you to not only achieve and maintain good health, but to really awaken your true potential.

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