Exercise - does it matter what kind?
Posted on 8th March 2018 at 17:19
Confusion exists in abundance not only regarding healthy eating but also around exercise. Should you choose HIIT (high intensity interval training) or LISS (low intensity steady state)?
Quite frankly, I'm finding all this HIIT and LISS a bit TMI ('too much information' if you're not familiar with that acronym). Does it really matter what kind of exercise you do as long as you do something? Pretty much anything can be 'proven' these days and backed up with a bit of research, and while you're sitting down reading it and wondering what you can and can't believe, what you're actually not doing is exercising.
Current UK health advice recommends 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week plus strength exercises on 2 days in 7 (adults age 19-64) but researchers from University College London have recently released a study showing that it's the total amount of time spent active that's associated with a lower risk of death from any cause. In other words regularity trumps intensity, and pottering in the garden or walking the dog is as beneficial as pushing for 'the burn'.
So whatever your choice is, 'Just do it' (no affiliate link!). You don't need special clothing or equipment just belief in the knowledge that a little bit of something can be a wonderful thing. I recently watched an episode of George Clarke's Amazing Spaces where he visited a housing project in Japan that turns our constant drive to make life easier on it's head. Instead, the idea is to challenge residents both physically and mentally to help them age better. Light switches are positioned high or low so that stretching is needed to operate them, the floors are undulating so that care and concentration are required to move from one room to another and there are clever little level changes in the kitchen and bathroom to encourage movement in lots of different ways. Interesting don't you think?
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