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Fitness Guidelines

posted 23 Apr 2012, 04:46 by Debbie Walker
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I'm sure that you all know to keep active and to get a certain amount of exercise per week and to eat a balanced diet, but do you really know what level and for how long you should be exercising per week?

The government guidelines are as follows:

For adults:-

- At least 150minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity every week. This could be bike rides or a brisk walks. And on 2 or more days per week to do some muscle strengthening activities that work your major muscle groups (legs, core, arms, shoulders, back)
- 75 minutes of vigorous intensity aerobic activity per week i.e running or a game of tennis. And muscle strengthening activity on 2 or more days per week, working on all major muscle groups.
- A good mix of moderate and vigorous intensity aerobic activity per week. And 2 or more days of muscle strengthening activityThe muscle strengthening could be some heavy gardening, some weight training or yoga.

All this can look slightly daunting and confusing, especially if you're not used to exercise, but that's where I step in and can help to find the right mix to suit the individual. I truly believe that exercise is accessible to everyone and that it can also be enjoyed by everyone.

I look at my clients lifestyle and diet and find activities that can easily fit into their schedule, advise on dietary changes and also develop a programme that suits the individuals needs.

For pregnant ladies these guidelines change slightly and focus mainly on maintaining the level of fitness and enjoying a healthy pregnancy.

Again this is where I can help, as long as you have permission from your GP to undergo exercise then we can develop a suitable programme.

Exercise is important and should be part of everyday life. It has a huge impact on more than just physical appearance, it reduces blood pressure, it will boost self esteem, help with sleep and many more benefits