An unhealthy diet is a risk factor for many chronic conditions including coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, obesity and musculo-skeletal problems. Similarly, physical inactivity is also a risk factor for these conditions, which is why NutriShion incorporates both nutritional/dietary and physical activity advice into its nutrition programmes, consultations and workshops. There is global evidence for the health benefits people can achieve by taking regular physical activity throughout their lives; NutriShion supports its clients to look at realistic and achievable ways to fit the recommended amount of physical activity into their everyday lives.
The government has issued guidelines on how much physical activity we should aim to participate in:
ADULTS (19–64 years)
1. Adults should aim to be active daily. Over a week, activity should add up to at least 150 minutes (2½ hours) of moderate intensity activity in bouts of 10 minutes or more – one way to approach this is to do 30 minutes on at least 5 days a week.
2. Alternatively, comparable benefits can be achieved through 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity spread across the week or a combination of moderate and vigorous intensity activity.
3. Adults should also undertake physical activity to improve muscle strength on at least two days a week.
4. All adults should minimise the amount of time spent being sedentary (sitting) for extended periods.
Department of Health, Physical Activity, Health Improvement and Protection, 2011
Parkrun UK - Parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. These events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and people of every ability are encouraged to take part; from those taking their first steps in running to Olympians; from juniors to those with more experience; all are welcome. www.parkrun.org.uk
Active Parks - Active Parks provides free physical activity in parks and open spaces to improve peoples's health and wellbeing. There's lots on offer to suit every member of the family - from walks and rambles, running, cycling, Zumba, Tai Chi, sports like rounders, basketball, tennis, rowing and canoeing, to other activities like gardening, conservation and bushcraft. http://beactivebirmingham.co.uk/active-parks
NHS Strength & Flexibility Podcasts - A virtual trainer coaches you through a series of equipment-free exercises designed to improve your strength and flexibility. The workout instructions and pace are easy to follow to ensure you perform each exercise correctly and in time. Strength and Flex consists of five 35- to 45-minute podcasts, which are available as a mobile download for all MP3 players, such as an iPod, and smartphones http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/strength-and-flexibility/Pages/strength-flexibility-podcasts.aspx