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Are you getting enough?

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As another Wimbledon begins and many of us look forward to two weeks of Sue Barker, Centre Court and strawberries and cream, it’s also National School Sport Week where young people are being encouraged to take part in at least five hours of physical exercise each week this summer.

The UK chief medical officer's report states the benefits of physical activity on children's health include:

  • preventing physical ill health in the long term;
  • promoting psychological health and wellbeing;
  • supporting the acquisition of social skills;
  • and stimulating better concentration in schools.

But physical activity is important for all ages and abilities. NHS guidelines state that adults aged between 19 and 64 should aim for at least two and a half hours of moderate activity such as fast walking or cycling and one hour and 15 minutes of muscle strengthening activity, ie, exercise counted in repetitions and sets.

One convenient way to achieve the recommended 150 minutes of weekly activity is to do 30 minutes on five days a week. How do you know if you’re working at the right level? The NHS says: “One way to tell if you’re working at a moderate intensity is if you can still talk, but you can’t sing the words to a song … By meeting recommended levels of physical activity, your risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes is reduced by up to 50% …” Anyone aged 18 and under should be doing an hour of exercise each day.

Every year, Bromford encourages people with disabilities to keep fit in a sport event: ‘Solihull Gets Active.’

Last year, over a hundred disabled community members descended on North Solihull Sports Centre to take part in a host of events including wheelchair basketball, archery, fencing, martial arts, table tennis, multisports, yoga, zumba, aqua aerobics, bhangra burn-off and an information zone.

So, whatever your age or ability, by all means enjoy the tennis and highlights whilst you relax on the sofa but do ask yourself, “Am I getting enough?”