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  • 22nd JAN 2015

    Is 2.5 hours exercise per week too much?

    By Fitness Team in Gym

    Are current exercise guidelines unrealistic?

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    Do you think 2.5 hours of exercise per week is too much? Today, a BBC news story explored whether 150 minutes of exercise per week is too much and whether it can put people off exercising at all - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30915437#

    2.5 hours would essentially mean 30 minutes of exercise per day, 5 days per week. Moderate exercise is anything which increases your heart rate, this could be a brisk walk with a dog, cycling to work, going for a swim or playing tennis with friends.

    As the article explains, there is lots of evidence to support that 150 minutes of exercise per week can help reduce the risk of a variety of health problems including certain cancers, diabetes and heart disease.

    In our experience, any activity is better than no activity. Once you start finding time for one or two workouts a week, you may gradually progress to the recommend 2.5 hours per week, but everyone has to start somewhere. It’s all about your progress – not perfection! If you are currently doing either no exercise or very little exercise, focus on trying to do something active just once or twice a week to start with.

    We have some great sessions which may help you to get started:

    No Strings Badminton – in partnership with Badminton England, you can turn up to these open Badminton sessions and there will be other people, just like you, who you can play badminton with. There is no need to book a court, find a partner and your ability and fitness really doesn’t matter. Find your nearest session here – http://www.leisurecentre.com/Activity/badminton

    Group Exercise Classes – classes are often much more motivational than attending the gym by yourself, especially if you are quite new to exercise and would like someone to plan the session for you rather than you having to do it! We have a whole range classes such as aerobics, weights classes e.g Body Pump, pilates, group cycling and many more! Find your nearest class timetable here – www.leisurecentre.com/findcentre

     

    Swimming – Pay as you go swimming sessions are available at all of our centres. There is lane swimming where you can go up and down the pool at your own pace, swimfit sessions which are structured swimming sessions, water aerobics and even aqua zumba! We also offer group or one-to-one swimming lessons if you are looking for some expert guidance. Find your nearest pool and activities here – www.leisurecentre.com/activities/swim