What are the health benefits of exercise?

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Exercise is good for you, everyone knows that. But what does ‘good for you’ truly mean? What are the actual, tangible health benefits of exercise?


To answer those questions, we’ve collected some pretty amazing stats that really show just how beneficial physical activity is for you. 

According to the NHS, regular exercise can:

  • Lower the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke by up to 35%

  • Lower the risk of type 2 diabetes by up to 50%

  • Lower the risk of colon cancer by up to 50%

  • Lower the risk of breast cancer by up to 20%

  • Lower risk of early death by up to 30%

  • Lower risk of depression by up to 30%

  • Lower risk of dementia by 30%

And if that wasn’t enough, it’s been shown that exercise significantly boosts your overall energy levels, mood, sex drive, self esteem and improves your sleep quality. 

Pretty good, right? And the even better news is that you don’t need to be an Olympic athlete to reap all those benefits. The NHS recommends that adults (aged between 19-69) do roughly:

150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise a week (this can be anything from walking your dog or cycling to work)  or 75 minutes of intense aerobic exercise a week (like vigorous swimming or running)  as well as strength exercises twice a week. 


If that seems like a lot to fit in around your busy lifestyle (you’re not alone - 30% of all adults don’t manage to get enough exercise) then fear not- check out our handy guide to getting enough exercise here

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