It’s not rocket science. Reducing the amount of calories in your diet will help you lose weight, but maintaining a healthy weight requires physical activity to burn energy. And with the UK’s Chief Medical Officer and NICE reporting that more and more of us are now overweight than ever, what better way to help fight obesity than to join a local gym.
As well as helping you maintain a healthy weight, physical activity also has wider health benefits. For example, it can help prevent and manage more than 20 conditions, such as reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes by 40%.
How Often You Should Exercise
It is recommended that adults should undertake exercise of a moderate to intense level for at least 2.5 hour a week. This level of activity will increase your heart and breathing rate which is a sign that you are exercising appropriately. Examples include brisk walking, cycling, recreational swimming and dancing and can be broken down into 5 x 30 minute sessions across the week.
Alternatively, you could do fewer, more vigorous sessions a couple of times a week such as running, most competitive sports or exercise classes such as circuits or aerobics.
You should also do strength exercises and balance training a couple of days a week. This could be in the form of a gym workout or other classes such as kettle bells or boxercise. It’s also important that you break up sitting time by getting up and moving around.
Fitness instructors like the team at Vitality Health & Fitness centres in Neath and Port Talbot can help you to create an exercise plan suited to your own personal needs and circumstances, with achievable and motivating goals. If you’re not used to exercising, it’s best to start small and build up gradually.
It’s also important to find activities you enjoy and want to keep doing. Activities with a social element or exercising with friends or family can help keep you motivated.
Helping to fight obesity
You may need to exercise for longer each day to prevent obesity or to avoid regaining weight if you’ve been obese. To prevent obesity, 45-60 minutes of moderate-intensity activity a day is recommended. To avoid regaining weight after being obese, you may need to do 60-90 minutes of activity each day.
Again, it’s best to seek the advice of a fitness instructor or personal trainer, as well as consulting with your GP, before you start such intense training. There is nothing more demotivating than going regularly to the gym or example but seeing no results.
A properly designed programme, particularly if you are exercising purely for health reason such as fighting obesity, will keep you on track and show real results over time, making you look and feel better and healthier.
Vitality Health & Fitness
Vitality Health and Fitness not only offers affordable gym membership at both its sites in Neath and Port Talbot but we have a dedicated team of fitness instructors on hand at all times for advice and guidance. You can also book personal training sessions to help you to plan and manage your exercise programme.
We also run a range of morning and evening classes throughout the week ranging from those of moderate intensity like Pilates and ladies’ only sessions through to more intense classes like combat, spin and body blitz.
What’s more, if you join one of our gyms, then you can use the facilities at our other facility at no extra cost.
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