It is no secret, moving your body and regularly raising your heart rate is essential to having a healthy body and mind. Research shows that people who exercise frequently have a much lower risk of developing chronic health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and even certain types of cancer.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), a watchdog, have issued guidelines for the optimum amount of exercise individuals should aim for (subject to your age and ability).
Moderate aerobic activity is any activity during which your heart rate rises above the resting rate. Usually, you can have a conversation during moderate intensity activity but not be able to sing. Examples are brisk walking, riding a bike, dancing, hiking, tennis etc.
Vigorous aerobic activity is high intensity and makes your heart rate rise a lot higher. When exercising at this level you will not be able to have a conversation without pausing to catch your breath. Examples include running, swimming, riding a bike fast, walking up the stairs, aerobics and group sports like football, rugby, and hockey.
Please note: The information provided is not intended to be used as a replacement for medical advice. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider before making any significant changes to your lifestyle.