Being Active: An every day guide for people living with an impairment or health conditionThere are lots of reasons why a bit of physical exercise is good for you! You don't have to run a marathon, but it is important to do some exercise to keep healthy - and just a little bit every day will help you. Washing the car, doing some gardening, or taking the dog for a walk is all really good exercise.

We've all supposed to do half an hour's exercise, most days, if we can. You don't have to do it all in one go - you could always do that half an hour in three ten-minute chunks.

Make sure you choose a form of exercise that suits you - it might be walking, or doing housework - something you can just do at home. Talk to you doctor if you're not sure. Start off slowly and build up the amount of exercise as you get used to it.

Regular exercise is good for your heart and circulation, so it reduces the risk of stroke and of dementia. Exercise improves brain function, memory and concentration - it keeps your brain sharp. Amazingly, physical exercise even makes the part of your brain grow that is to do with memory and learning.

Your brain needs a healthy supply of blood to work properly, and exercise really improves your circulation.

And exercise can help you manage pain by releasing those feel-good hormones - which improve your mood as well. Exercise has been shown to reduce stress and depression, triggering the hormones that work as your body's natural anti-depressants.

Get active with The Brain Charity

  • Boccia indoor bowls
  • Walk for Health
  • look out for more Zumba fitness at The Brain Charity
  • Run the Big Half - new London half marathon on 4th March
  • Stroll'n'Roll - join us on 2nd June for a lovely summer stroll along the beautiful Liverpool Waterfront that's suitable for people with a wide variety of mobility needs.

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