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Webchat: Exercise: Why is it good for you? 20.11.2017 4:30-5pm

Join us for a chat from 4:30pm on Monday 20th November 2017.

Do you get enough exercise or want to find new ways to exercise?  Do you want to know why everyone is always telling you to get more exercise?  Join us online on Monday 20th November 4.30-5pm to talk about the benefits of exercise and ask any questions you might have.

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Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 20 Nov 16:22

Join us in 10 minutes to talk about exercise and ask any questions you might have

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 20 Nov 16:29

Welcome to today's webchat on exercise. Do you have questions about exercise and why people talk about it so much?

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 20 Nov 16:35

To maintain a basic level of health, children and young people aged 5 to 18 need to do:
at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day – this should range from moderate activity, such as cycling and playground activities, to vigorous activity, such as running and tennis
on three days a week, these activities should involve exercises for strong muscles, such as push-ups, and exercises for strong bones, such as jumping and running
Do you think you do this much activity?

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 20 Nov 16:42

What counts as moderate activity?
Examples of activities that require moderate effort for most young people include:
walking to school
playing in the playground
riding a scooter
walking the dog
cycling on level ground or ground with few hills

Moderate activity 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 you can't sing the words to a song.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 20 Nov 16:47

What counts as vigorous activity?
Vigorous activity is linked to better general health, stronger bones and muscles, as well as higher levels of self-esteem.
There is good evidence vigorous activity can bring health benefits over and above that of moderate activity. A rule of thumb is that one minute of vigorous activity provides the same health benefits as two minutes of moderate activity.
There's currently no recommendation on how long a session of vigorous activity should be for this age group.
Examples of activities that require vigorous effort for most young people include:
playing chase
energetic dancing
martial arts, such as karate
cycling fast or on hilly terrain

Vigorous activity makes you breathe hard and fast. If you're working at this level, you won't be able to say more than a few words without pausing for a breath.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 20 Nov 16:53

Research shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

If you are feeling low then activity can help to improve your mood by increasing the hormones that help you to feel happy

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 20 Nov 17:00

Thank you for joining us for today's chat. Remember there are lots of ways that you can get exercise and it doesn't have to cost a lot of money. Your Public Health Nurse (School Nurse) can give you advice

This chat is now closed!

This chat is now closed, thanks for taking part.

Should you need anymore information on this topic, have a look at:

Health for Teens

NHS Choices: Exercise

Alternatively you could speak to your parent/carer, a trusted adult, member of school staff, your school nurse or doctor.  If there is an emergency then please contact 999 or visit A&E.

You can text your school nurse through the ChatHealth messaging service which runs Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm.  If you go to school in Leicester City please text 07520 615386, if you go to school in Leicestershire County or Rutland then please text 07520 615387.

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