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What you need to know

Your guide to an active lifestyle

Engaging in regular physical activity can improve your heart health, strengthen bones and muscles, increase flexibility, and boost your mental health. This guide will help you understand the various forms of exercise and how to integrate them into your daily routine, regardless of your age or fitness level. If you haven’t had success losing weight with diet and exercise alone, you may want to consider weight loss medication.

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The benefits of regular exercise

The advantages of maintaining an active lifestyle are immense and include:

  • Improved heart health. Regular exercise helps lower the risk of heart disease and stroke by strengthening the heart muscle, lowering blood pressure and increasing insuline sensitivity.
  • Weight management. Physical activity helps burn calories, which can help you manage your weight and reduce your risk of obesity.
  • Enhanced mental health. Exercise releases endorphins, which can help reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Stronger bones and muscles. Resistance activities like weightlifting, yoga, and pilates can improve muscular strength and bone density, and improve your metabolism.
  • Better sleep and increased energy. Regular exercise can result in better sleep patterns, increased energy levels and improved apetite control.
Benefits of exercise
There are many benefits to regular exercise

Types of exercise to consider

Incorporating a variety of exercises can help keep your routine engaging and cover all aspects of fitness.

  • Aerobic exercises. Activities like walking, running, cycling, and swimming increase your heart rate and improve cardiovascular health.
  • Strength training. Using weights or resistance bands helps build muscle and bone strength.
  • Flexibility exercises. Stretching or yoga can improve flexibility, reduce muscle tension, and decrease the risk of injury.
  • Balance exercises. This is particularly important for older adults. Exercises like tai chi and pilates improve stability and prevent falls.

“Mixing up your workouts not only keeps things fun but also boosts heart health, builds strength, improves flexibility, and enhances balance—crucial for staying fit at any age!”

Dr Adam Abbs
Dr Adam Abbs – Weight Loss Expert at London Weight Loss Clinic

Create an exercise routine

Starting an exercise routine can be daunting, but here are some tips to make it manageable:

  • Set realistic goals. Begin with small, achievable goals that motivate you to continue. Gradually increase the intensity and duration of your workouts.
  • Keep it simple. Even a simple brisk walk for half an hour each day can improve your health.
  • Find activities you enjoy. Whether it’s a sport, gym classes, or outdoor activities, enjoying your workouts makes it more likely you’ll stick with them.
  • Incorporate activity into your daily routine. Take stairs instead of elevators, walk or cycle to work, get off the bus one stop early, park the car in the further car park, or have active meetings or catch-ups with friends.
  • Be consistent. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week, as recommended by the NHS.
Woman putting on her running shoes
Choose an activity that you enjoy

Overcome barriers to exercise

It’s common to face hurdles in maintaining regular physical activity. Here’s how to overcome them:

  • Time constraints. Break up your exercise into smaller sessions throughout the day if you can’t fit it in a single session.
  • Lack of motivation. Join a class, find an exercise buddy, or use a fitness app to keep track of your progress.
  • Physical limitations. Consult with a healthcare provider or a fitness professional to tailor activities around any health issues or mobility limitations.
Using a fitness app can help get you motivated
Using a fitness app can help get you motivated

Support and resources in London

There are numerous local resources to help you to get active in London:

  • Local gyms. Many fitness centres offer classes suited for different ages and abilities.
  • Community sports clubs. From swimming pools to athletics tracks, these can provide a social and motivational environment.
  • Walking and cycling paths. Enjoy local parks and nature trails to exercise in a peaceful, natural setting.

How it works

Your journey to weight loss in three simple steps.

Check your eligibility

Complete our free online assessment. You’ll answer some simple questions about your health to see which weight loss treatment is right for you.

Doctor review

One of our doctors will review your answers to make sure the treatment is safe for you. They’ll pick the best treatment for your health and needs.

Get your treatment

Your treatment will be discreetly delivered right to your door. London Weight Loss Clinic, powered by Medicspot, will give you ongoing weight loss and health support.
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Supporting your mental health

Obesity, being overweight mental health problems, such as depression and eating disorders, can negatively affect each other, making it harder to manage your weight. It’s important to recognise the link between your mental health and your weight so you can seek help if you need it.

Talking therapies

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can be effective for tackling the psychological challenges associated with eating disorders and obesity. It focuses on changing the way you think and behave, helping to break the cycle of negative thoughts and actions that can impact eating habits and body image.

To find a CBT therapist via the NHS, you can refer yourself or speak to your GP, who can refer you to talking therapies in London.

Why it’s important

By addressing mental health alongside physical health, you have a much better chance of succeeding in your weight loss journey, improving your overall wellbeing and quality of life. If you find yourself in need of urgent mental health support, contact your local mental health helpline provided by the NHS. These resources can provide immediate care and support in times of need, ensuring that no one has to face their challenges alone.

Keeping active

Exercise doesn’t just burn calories. By triggering the release of endorphins, the body’s natural mood enhancers, exercise has been shown to help combat depression and anxiety.

There’s plenty of ways to stay active in London, from local gyms and fitness classes to parks and recreational facilities.

Support in London

In London, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust provides comprehensive mental health support. They can help with eating disorders and weight-related mental health issues.

Discuss your mental health with your GP in London who can refer you to a specialist. You may also be able to refer yourself directly without a referral, but you will need to be registered with a GP to get talking therapies on the NHS. You can find a GP in London on the NHS website.

Medically reviewed

This page was last medically reviewed by Dr Adam Abbs on 4 June 2024.

London Weight Loss Clinic is committed to providing you with the most objective, trustworthy and accurate health information.

Our content is regularly updated to reflect the latest medical research and guidelines.

  • Dr Adam Abbs

    Dr Adam Abbs


    Dr Adam Abbs is an NHS-trained GP with a keen focus on digital health, AI in healthcare, and personalised medicine, including weight loss. He is a leader in creating new ways to provide safe and easy-to-access healthcare through remote care. Dr Abbs is also a skilled medical writer and wrote the RCGP-accredited Remote Consultation Handbook in 2020.

    GMC Number: 7078829