Imperial Health at Work

Physical Activity

Exercising regularly is one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself. As well as helping you maintain a healthy weight and improving your sleep, it lowers your risk of serious health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and high blood pressure. And not only is exercise good for your body, it’s also good for your mind, mood and memory too.

Being physically active can ease depression, relieve stress and anxiety, enhance self-esteem, and improve your whole outlook on life. What’s more, you don’t have to spend long, boring hours in a gym to reap these benefits. Whatever your age, health limitations or fitness levels, you can develop an exercise program that’s fun and rewarding and fits in with your life.

To keep healthy, you need to be active every day in as many ways as you can. Being active in small ways throughout the day can make a big difference. For example, short bouts of 10 minutes of activity can be beneficial when they add up to 30 minutes or more on most days of the week - the recommended amount of daily activity for good health.

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