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Health Assured team

18 March 2021

On Thursday 29th April 2021, millions of desk-based workers are invited to sit less, and move more. That’s right, get on your feet!  

Physical activity is a must. Not only for physical health—mental health is boosted by moving about more.  

By this, we don’t mean you have to run an ultramarathon to be happy. Just a little physical exercise can make all the difference. Especially as this year, what with the huge disruption caused by COVID-19 globally—a lot of people are less physically active than they were this time last year.  

What are the benefits of physical exercise?  

Regular exercise, of course, is the most important part of physical health. It creates a fit body (of course), a fit mind, and improves quality of life.    

Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain, and help maintain weight loss. Not only that, but it helps combat health conditions and diseases, including:   

  • Stroke 
  • Metabolic syndrome 
  • High blood pressure 
  • Type 2 diabetes 
  • Depression 
  • Anxiety 
  • Many types of cancer 
  • Arthritis  

It helps stimulate the production of various brain chemicals that make you feel relaxed, happier, and less anxious. It relieves stress, boosts energy, helps you sleep better and is a great way to be social.  

On your feet, Britain!  

As we say, no marathons necessary. Getting a bit more active is easy, and more than worth the effort:    

Walk more: stop relying on cars and buses, and simply move. Walking to and from the shop is a great way to burn some calories, get a little fitter and improve your mindset. Even for those less physically able, ditching a reliance on transport can help strengthen the mind and body. Just commit to what you’re capable of. You’ll reduce the risks of diabetes, stroke and heart disease—and you’ll have plenty of time to catch up on podcasts…    

Join a gym: we don’t mean you have to sign up for five evenings a week lifting things that weigh more than you do, working on your traps and practicing flexing in the mirror—unless that’s what you want to do. Gyms, hopefully, will be reopening soon—but until then, there are lots of great online classes using nothing more than your own body, available to use whenever you have time.     

Talk to your doctor: this is often overlooked when talking about getting moving more, but motivation can be difficult to find, sometimes. If you’ve not exercised for several years, or are coming back to exercise after an operation or illness, it’s a good idea to get a health check before starting. You’ll have a good overview of your strengths and weaknesses, so you can tailor your exercise plan around them. After all, hitting a brick wall is demotivating, but knowing where your weaknesses lie will help stop that happening.    

Keep it up: it’s hard to start exercising. At first, it’ll feel like the most rotten thing in the world, and you won’t want to carry on. But trust us—it gets easier. As long as you keep chipping away, you’ll find that your muscles develop, your lungs get better and your weight drops. And once you get past that initial hurdle of difficulty, the rush of endorphins that exercise brings becomes a motivating factor.    

If you would like to find out more information on any of the topics mentioned in this article, please contact Health Assured on:  

UK: 0844 892 2493 

ROI: 01 886 0324 

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