Being Active

Being active is not just about structured exercise, but how much you physically move through the day. There are many ways of being active; from walking or cleaning to dance classes or going to the gym. Keeping consistent with how often you are active and having a variation of exercises is key to increase your health span.

A guide to being active


Impact of being active

Studies have shown being active is crucial to maintain your health and independence as you age. In addition to a better later life, you are likely to live longer and be happier as a result too. Benefits of being active.


How to keep active

There are many ways to keep active, it is not just confined to the gym. Recent studies have shown the huge benefits of just walking up to 7000 steps a day. The key is to do something you enjoy, as you are more likely to be consistent with it. Ways to keep active


How much exercise is enough

There are Government and the WHO guidelines on exercise which is a modest 150 minutes a week The time dependent on the intensity of the exercise. However many scientist now agree that it is to keep moving, do not sit all day and expect that a 30 minute exercise will compensate. How active do you need to be

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Longitudinal studies

These are studies done over a long period of tim usually over 10 years, and give a better indication on health and longevity benefits.


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People who have lived to over 100 years old.


Stands for high intensity interval training, and is short burst for very intensive activity maximising your heart rate.

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