Exercise is key

Exercise is a key recommendation when it comes to overall health and the same is true when you are looking for a way to improve your brain health and mental health.

Current recommendations from the NHS are that adults between 18 and 64 should be doing at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise per week. That means the type of exercise that helps increase your heart rate; so doing exercises like cycling and brisk walking. If you increase the intensity of the exercise it is possible to reduce the weekly target to 75 minutes. More vigorous exercises include jogging and playing tennis.

Although aerobic exercise is great for your general cardiovascular health, we do tend to forget that we need to do muscle strength exercises too on two or more days a week. Muscle strength exercises are really important for general daily movement, building and maintaining strong bones, regulating blood sugar and blood pressure, maintain a healthy weight. Examples include lifting weights, using resistance bands and doing heavy gardening work.

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