Daffodils-150x150According to the BBC the 1st march is the first day of Spring although traditionally it’s seen as the 21st march when the Spring equinox occurs. However, what do Spring and exercise have in common? Well not much except it’s when people start to come out of their Winter hibernation and think about starting exercise.

So why should you start exercising?

In 2007, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) looked at more than 250,000 men and women between the ages of 50 and 71, and confirmed that the standard exercise recommendations did in fact improve subjects’ longevity. An average of 30 minutes of moderate activity, 5 times or more a week, gave participants a 27% lower risk of dying during the study period, while more vigorous exercise (20 minutes, 3 or more times a week), dropped the risk of death by 32%.

What exercise constitutes “vigorous”?

Basic cardio exercise like jogging or cycling 3 times a week would qualify if you don’t wish to join a gym or health club. Let’s face it starting these activities in the Winter is harder so once the days get longer and a bit warmer then Spring is a good time to start.

If you haven’t exercised in a while joining a run group, or a gym or consulting a qualified personal trainer will ensure that you get the necessary professional help to start exercising safely and effectively.

Tips on what to think about and how to get started?

  1. Choose an activity that you like or think you will like. This is key for sustaining the activity in the longer term
  2. If you have medical conditions consult with your Doctor first. And if it’s been a long time since you last exercised then seek the advice of a personal trainer
  3. Find a friend to exercise with as it’s often more fun when you have a friend to talk to
  4. Check out your local gym, community centre or search online for local fitness classes. In the end exercise needs to be convenient and fit in with your schedule. It’s amazing how other things “get in the way” when starting an exercise programme
  5. Find a reason or event to set your goal to. If running is your choice then finding a local race to enter is important. Many women start their running careers at the Race for life

http://raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org/choose-your-event/search-results/index.html?search=bn3&lat=50.835102&long=-0.1720420000000331

If cycling is your goal how about the London to Brighton bike ride

http://www.bhf.org.uk/get-involved/events/bike-rides/london-to-brighton.aspx

Whatever your choice finding a reason and committing to that reason will get you  exercising on the days when  you just don’t feel like it.

Good luck! Building exercise into your routine and life has so many benefits both mentally and physically they cannot be underestimated.

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