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How much exercise should i do?

The NHS recommends an hour of physical exercise every day for the under 18s. This should be a mixture of moderate and more vigorous exercise.

 

What is moderate exercise?

Moderate exercise is low level exercise like walking, cycling on flat ground, skipping, riding a scooter, walking the dog or walking to school. Moderate exercise raises your heart rate and makes you sweat. One way to tell if you’re working at a moderate level is if you can still talk, but can’t sing the words to a song.

What is vigorous exercise?

Vigorous exercise is higher impact exercise like running, cycling, football, rugby, swimming, dancing, martial arts and many more. Vigorous exercise helps to improve your muscle and bone strength. This type of exercise also helps improve your mood and increases your self-esteem.

Vigorous activity makes you breathe fast and hard. You won’t be able to say more than a few words without pausing for breath.

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