The UK Department of Health recommends that adults between the ages of 19-64 should try to do 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity every week which includes exercises such as fast walking, jogging and swimming.
Strength exercises are also recommended, particularly those that work the major muscles. Strength exercises can also be a great alternative to high intensity exercises on hot summer days. You could think about yoga. This is an ancient form of strength exercising which also focuses on flexibility and breathing. There are many physical and mental benefits of yoga including:
- Increased muscle strength and tone
- Improved flexibility
- Reduced blood pressure and heart disease
- Reduced joint pain such as lower back pain
- Reduced stress and anxiety
So why not take up yoga this summer and see what a difference it makes! You can find your nearest yoga class on the British Wheel of Yoga www.bwy.org.uk which is the Sport-England recognised governing body for yoga.
Also see the advice from our Love Your Gut exercise expert Sophie Christy here: http://loveyourgut.com/getting-gut-healthy/gut-active/