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When you’re managing a health condition, being active is about finding what works for you. This can include ways to move that many people don’t realise count.

Regular physical activity has many benefits to health, including mental health and well being. People who are physically active have up to a 50% reduced risk of developing the major chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some cancers and a 20-30% reduced risk of premature death.

This article focuses on how exercise can be used to help treat or prevent a wide range of health conditions. The Lifestyle & Wellbeing section of this website provides information and advice about how exercise can help you improve your diet and fitness.


Exercise benefits

Regular exercise has proven health benefits for anyone who wants to maintain a healthy lifestyle, lose weight and improve their fitness level.

As well as helping to maintain health and fitness, a controlled and carefully supervised exercise programme also has important therapeutic benefits for people with chronic (long-term) health conditions, such as:

  • muscular dystrophy: a genetic condition that gradually causes the muscles to weaken
  • chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS): a condition that causes chronic tiredness (fatigue)
  • depression: feelings of extreme sadness that last for many weeks or months, and are severe enough tointerfere with daily life

Recommended physical activity levels

  • Children under 5 should do 180 minutes every day.
  • Young people (5-18) should do 60 minutes every day.
  • Adults (19-64) should do 150 minutes every week.
  • Older adults (65 and over) should do 150 minutes every week.

Exercise is the miracle cure we’ve always had, but we’ve neglected to take our recommended dose for too long. Our health is now suffering as a consequence.

Whatever your age, there's strong scientific evidence that being physically active can help you lead a healthier and even happier life.

People who do regular activity have a lower risk of many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and some cancers.

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.