A good place to start is measuring your waist size and finding out your body mass index (BMI). These results can be used as a guide to check if it looks like you need to gain or lose any weight to be healthier.
Adults aged 19 to 64 should aim to be physically active every day.
The NHS recommends we do:
strengthening activities that work all major muscles in the body on at least 2 days a week
at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week
or at least 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous intensity exercise per week.
These guidelines are also suitable for disabled adults, pregnant women and new mothers.
Research has shown that people with obesity are at greater risk of catching coronavirus than people who are a healthy weight.
Obesity can result in a weakened immune response, which makes it more difficult to fight the virus. People with obesity are also at a greater risk of having to go into hospital, and then into intensive care due to coronavirus than people who are a healthy weight.
Find out more about how being overweight or obese relates to coronavirus on the British Heart Foundation website.
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Exercise. nhs.uk. Published April 26, 2018. Accessed March 1, 2021.https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/