We are often told that in our society today we don’t exercise enough and don’t eat healthily. Much of our dietary tradition is still tailored to when people carried out more physically demanding work during the day. People drive to work or take public transport, often because of the distances involved.
But it seems that the advice is becoming confused, particularly regarding exercise, research now shows. Guidelines advising regular exercise were seen as not particularly clear and some studies were uncertain as whether those taking part saw any benefit at all, such as in cardio-vascular health.
So now new guidelines have been published including specific advice for different age groups. The department of health said “Being active can help protect against heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer which is why we have guidance on physical activity tailored to each age group.” It is also meant to provide benefits in terms of mental health and happiness too.
I’ll remind myself of that when I arrive home after walking two miles from work, in the rain. Nevermind, it’s for the best.