04/05/2021

Wellbeing

The health benefits of exercise... Let's get moving!

The benefits of exercise are clear, but sometimes these do get forgotten. We are fortunate enough to live in a world where instant gratification is possible, but does it benefit us as human beings?

Health Benefits of Exercise Blog

The benefits of exercise have always been known but are sometimes forgotten about. We commonly forget that although in society we have become accustomed to immediate gratification through things like instant messaging and social media, unfortunately in most cases the body doesn’t work like that.

It is important that every one of us understands that the body is a finite and biological being. We are animals who require certain key aspects to function as good human beings. These being:

  • Adequate sleep
  • Appropriate level of calories
  • Certain nutrients, vitamins & minerals from a balanced diet
  • Exercise
  • Interaction with other people

Research now shows that UK adults on average more than 7 hours in a seated, sedentary position. It’s easy to find the trend from this, we have been lucky enough to be a part of a generation where technology has made our lives much easier. No longer must we walk for hours on end for basic tasks, we can drive, machines wash our clothes, and entertainment is on the television.

The Department of Health has described inactivity as a ‘silent killer’, and more and more evidence are coming out showing the negative effects on human beings who live with a sedentary lifestyle.

So, what’s the answer?

To stay healthy, adults are recommended to be active every day, and aim to achieve 150 minutes of physical activity over a week through a variety of activities. It is important to note, this isn’t referring to pushing your body to the extreme, but as moderate intensity activity.

Moderate intensity activity is defined with these terms:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Breathing faster
  • Slightly out of breath
  • Feeling warmer
  • You should still be able to talk, but you wouldn’t be able to sing a few words.
Previous generations were active more naturally through work and manual labour, but today we have to find ways of integrating activity into our daily lives
Dr Cavill, Department of Health

The reality is for any type of activity to benefit your health, you need to be operating in this ‘moderate intensity’ window. It initiates many processes within the body which help improve its bodily systems and releases the necessary neurotransmitters.

The numbers…

Exercise Benefits Stats

We feel these numbers speak for themselves, and it’s all the more reason to take the physical side of wellbeing extremely seriously. We are lucky to operate in a space where we are leading the way in getting workforces more active, healthier, and a lot more productive!

To contact us for more information regarding Moxi, please email us at hello@moxihealth.co.uk

References:

  1. NHS Live Well – Benefits of exercise.