The World Health Organisation recommends 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week, but what does a ‘moderate intensity’ feel like?
When exercising at this level, you should feel an increase in your heart rate, an increase in body temperature and you may begin to sweat. You should be able to maintain conversation at this level of intensity and talk at a rate of ~4 words per breath. If you can still sing, increase your pace or rate a little.
Examples of moderate intensity exercise include brisk walking, riding a bike, hiking and mowing the lawn.
It can be very daunting to start exercising after weeks, months or years of not doing any, but the most important thing to remember is anything is better than nothing. Reaching 150 minutes per week could be your long-term goal, but if you can start with 5-10 minutes per day and build from there, you are progressing!
Get in touch if you’d like advice on exercising after illness, or injury, or if you’re taking specific medications, we are here to help!
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