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Exercise

Keeping fit by exercising or having an active lifestyle is just as important as having a healthy diet.  Being fit can improve your overall physical and mental health and reduces your risk of disease. To be effective we should be physically active for 30minutes on at least 5 days every week.  This could include walking, washing the car by hand, cycling to the shops, gardening or vigorous housework.

If you cannot do 30 minutes without becoming out of breath, break the exercise down to two 15 minute slots and then increase the amount of time without a break.  Doing something is better than doing nothing.

The journey to and from work or in your lunch break is an ideal opportunity to increase your activity and more information about this can be found at:
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/occ_health/promotions/why_walk.php
http://www.sustrans.org.uk

For more information on walking in your area visit:
http://www.whi.org.uk

To find out how active you are and for information on how to increase your activity see:
http://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Fitness.aspx?Tag
http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/Fitnesshome.aspx

For information on exercising to lose weight, visit:
http://www.weightconcern.org.uk

You could also join a gym and exercise before or after work or in your lunch break.  Bloomsbury Fitness offers discounts for UCL staff.

www.uclunion.org/bf

Increasing your exercise can help with a list of physical and mental conditions including:-

Heart disease
High blood pressure
Stress, anxiety and depression
Overweight and obesity
Type 2 diabetes
Osteoporosis
Certain cancers
Abnormal blood cholesterol levels

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