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A general decline in activity since the 1960’s is claimed to be one of the causes of disease and disability and is responsible for one in ten deaths in the UK.

Nick Cavill from Oxford University Department of Public Health says “we weren’t  built to sit in front of a computer, TV screen or steering wheel but remain hunter gathers designed to be physically active all day long. Whilst our minds are in the 21st century our bodies are still stuck in neolithic times”.

Frequent and regular physical exercise boosts the immune system and helps prevent certain ‘diseases of affluence’ such as coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity. It may also help prevent stress and depression.

Dame Sally Davies, England’s Chief Medical Officer, advocates 150 minutes of physical activity a week. NHS Choices recommends that adults do two or more weekly load bearing exercises.