They say that an apple a day can keep the doctor at bay, and research undertaken by the University of Iowa into Ursolic Acid (a substance found in the waxy outer layer of apples) could well prove this famous old adage to be correct. Along with Tomatidine (another substance the University has researched) the university has found that Ursolic acid (contained in the skin of apples) can keep you younger for longer as both substances are believed to minimise the amount of muscle wastage as we age.

Regular physical exercise is fundamental to good health

But another fundamental to good health is physical exercise; something that we should all indulge in, in one form or another, to promote good health. But how much exercise per day do we need to undertake in order to keep the doctor at bay?

Regular physical exercise has got some great reviews. It is attributed with being able to keep many illnesses and conditions at bay; illnesses and conditions including:

  • Alzheimer’s
  • Breast cancer
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Prostate cancer

The effectiveness of exercise as a deterrent to the above mentioned conditions and illnesses, is something that many people think the jury is still out about, although there are some convincing arguments. But whatever the eventual conclusions are, there is no doubt that a regular physical exercise regime will benefit your health and fitness, and therefore help to keep the doctor at bay.

What benefits does regular physical exercise bring to your health?

Here are some of the benefits you can reap from regular physical exercise:

  • Reduce weight and keep it off
  • Improve your levels of stamina
  • Help to keep you immune system healthy
  • Reduce the risk of heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and cancer
  • Build a stronger, healthier heart
  • Help to keep your blood pressure under control
  • Help to keep your blood sugar levels under control
  • Help to keep your arteries clear
  • Help to lift anxiety and depression and improve your mood
  • Keep your muscles strong and stay more independent as you age
  • Help to prolong your life

If you indulge in weight bearing exercise such as walking, you can also reduce the risk of developing the brittle bone disease, osteoporosis.

What is aerobic exercise and why is it good for you?

Aerobic exercise involves the exercising of large muscle groups in order to strengthen your cardiovascular system, which basically means strengthening your heart and lungs. This form of exercise increases your body’s demand for oxygen rich blood which speeds up your heart and exercises your lungs.

Aerobic exercises include cycling, jogging, swimming and walking.

How much exercise should you indulge in?

You don’t have to exercise for hours and hours each day in order to improve your health and fitness and keep the doctor away. About 30 minutes of some form of aerobic exercise per day, for five days per week, is more than enough.

Drop into Broadgate Clinic London Wall for a check-up and advice about exercising

If you haven’t exercised for a while, it’s always a good idea to check with your GP before getting into an exercise regime, just to make sure that there are no risks or dangers to your personal health.

If you live and/or work in London and you would like a health check-up and some advice before embarking on a physical exercise regime you can make use of the private walk-in health services we offer here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall.