Fitness & sport

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Having a keen focus on fitness and sport is essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle - and we don't just mean putting your feet up and watching the football! Today, more than ever, we should all try and keep active. In this digital age, it's so easy to get caught in a social media trap. Taking the time to look after your body is key. Here, you'll find a diverse collection of articles, videos, and literature dedicated to fitness and sports, providing valuable insights and resources to inspire and guide your journey toward a healthier, more active life.


Running hub

Running can help to strengthen bones, muscles and maintain a healthy weight. It is easy to get started and doesn't require much kit beyond a good pair of shoes. It's a form of exercise that works equally well on your own or in the company of friends.

Running can improve your cardiovascular fitness as well as your mental health and wellbeing. Visit our Running hub to get started.

Running hub

Fitness & sport articles

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The benefits of exercise for our health

Being more active can improve your physical and mental health, your heart and joint health, your weight, energy and quality of life. Exercise can lower your risk of developing many long-term health conditions, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and even some cancers. Here's how you can get started.

Healthy weight Maintaining a healthy weight

It is estimated as many as two-thirds of UK adults are either overweight or obese and, as a nation, we're getting fatter. Maintaining a healthy weight is therefore a vital component of good health. Getting rid of excess weight can lower blood pressure and cholesterol, reduce joint and mobility problems, and improve energy levels and mental health. Maintaining a healthy weight is also the key to avoiding serious health issues such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Heart health Maintaining your heart health

One of the best ways to maintain your heart health is to give it a bit of a workout. Regular aerobic exercise improves the heart's ability to pull oxygen out of the blood, so reducing the need for it to pump more blood to the muscles. It helps to lower your blood pressure, reduces 'bad' cholesterol that increases your risk of heart and circulatory diseases, and reduces stress hormones that can put an extra burden on the heart.

Gym Maintain your joints, bones and muscles

As we age, we all gradually lose muscle and bone mass, which can in time lead to joint problems. Building and maintaining joint strength through staying active is a key way to preserve your musculoskeletal health. Exercise improves bone density and keeps the muscles surrounding your joints strong, so helping with conditions such as arthritis. It increases your strength and flexibility, co-ordination and balance, all of which become increasingly important as we grow older.

Mental health Maintain your mental health

Exercise brings real benefits for mental health and emotional wellbeing. Exercise releases endorphins that can improve mood and give you more energy. By also releasing the hormone cortisol, exercise is a great way to relieve stress and anxiety. Especially if it gets you out in the great outdoors, exercise can allow you to reset yourself mentally and emotionally. By making you feel more tired at the end of the day, regular exercise can improve your sleep.

Types of exercise to improve your health

Whether it's running, swimming, cycling, hitting the gym, or yoga in the front room, the key to making exercise 'stick' is finding an activity that works for you. Here are six types you can try.

Diet & nutrition

A good diet is essential in maintaining good health. Ensure you have the right types of food to fuel your body and mind, support your immune system and to help keep you fit and healthy. View our helpful diet & nutrition information to find out more.

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