Being physically active will help your heart and blood circulatory system to work more efficiently. It will also help to lower your cholesterol and keep your blood pressure at a healthy level, which may decrease your risk of developing dementia.
Over a week, adults should aim to do at least 150 minutes (2½ hours) of moderate-intensity activity. This might sound like a lot but can be achieved in blocks as short as ten minutes at a time. For example, you could walk for 15 minutes, twice a day, on 5 days of the week or you could do 30 minutes of activity at least 5 days a week. Adults should also undertake physical activity to improve balance and muscle strength on at least two days a week.
Find out more about different types of physical activity and the guidelines for adults.
There are lots of other ways to be active including riding your bike, mowing the lawn, swimming, going to the gym or dancing. The list below provides further information on these activities plus many more.