Coronavirus has presented many problems during the last 5 or so months, from how we stop the spread of the virus to how we get our kids back into school. Another weighty problem (pardon the pun) is how to stop our waistlines from expanding as more and more people are having to work from home.

In this blog, we take a brief look at the type and amount of exercise you should be doing to maintain the status quo or even to lose a few inches and make those clothes fit a little better again. So, sit back, relax (for now) and let’s see what’s what.

Moderate & Vigorous Aerobic Activity

According to the National Health Service (NHS), an adult between the ages of 19 and 64 should take at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise and 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each and every week. Now, any exercise is better than no exercise, but this is the kind of level that you should be aiming for and you should try an activity that works all of the body’s major muscles.

You should also be looking to reduce the amount of time you spend sitting down – something most that spend their days working at a PC or laptop are prone to doing. Obviously, we’re all different and so what constitutes moderate or vigorous exercise is going to vary. So, to clarify, let’s take a look at a few examples of each.

Examples of Moderate Exercise

Studies have shown that even before lockdown, one in three adults weren’t getting enough exercise, so it stands to reason that things are going to be worse for people now. Moderate exercise is a general term that can be construed in many ways, but what does it actually mean? How do you know if you’re doing it? Well, the general consensus is that moderate exercise means exercise that you can carry out and still talk – but not sing.

This type of exercise can include:

● Mowing the lawn
● Dancing
● Hiking
● Brisk walking
● A moderately gentle bike ride

Examples of Vigorous Exercise

Whether you attempt vigorous or moderate exercise, the overall benefits are largely the same, but obviously, it takes less time to do. Of course, if vigorous exercise is carried out for an extended period, the benefits are greater, but it does take a great deal more dedication to maintain.

Vigorous exercise can include:

● Running or jogging
● Fast swimming
● Bike riding over hills
● Team sports like football or rugby
● Aerobics

How Ever Much You Can Do, It’s Better Than Nothing

When it comes to exercise, it’s a matter of fitting it in around your responsibilities, so if you aren’t able to get any in for a few days, don’t beat yourself up about it. Any exercise you can do is better than nothing and the more you do it, the more you’ll want to do it. Just don’t give up if it doesn’t work all the time, as everything you are able to do will help.

At Be Money Savvy, we believe that a key to a brighter future is through healthy living and prudent financial planning. We bring you blogs like this one to help you with the healthy part and others about being money savvy for the financial side. We hope you enjoyed it and that it helps in some small way to retain your vitality during this time of prolonged social distancing.

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