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Keeping active

It’s no secret that exercise is a big part of living a healthy lifestyle. Exercise can reduce the risk of major illnesses like heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer – lowering your chance of a premature death. Browse our useful tips and articles on the benefits of exercising, exercising as a family and as you get older.

Are we getting the exercise we need?

On average, we’re doing about 71 minutes of cardiovascular exercise per week – that’s less than half our recommended amount.

Are we doing enough?

Improving your balance and core stability

Find out which simple exercises can help your physical wellbeing and avoid injury

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Come outside: why fresh air is essential

Did you know that fresh air could make you happier? Here are just some of the benefits that fresh air can have for your body.

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Why yoga is good for the mind, body & soul

Yoga now seems to be one of the most popular ways to keep fit - but what are the positive benefits that it has on your health? 

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How to keep your health kick going

When you are on a health kick what can you do to ensure that you’re keeping on track and not undoing any of your hard work?

Top tips

Fitness tips

In the latest edition of Be Healthy, Judy Murray shares her health and fitness tips from the world of tennis.

Fitness tips

Top tips for 10K training

Training for an event like a 10K? Follow some simple top tips to make the training experience safe and enjoyable.  

Top tips

Archery: Good for the mind & body

There are of course many reasons to partake in a sport, one of the key being improved physical fitness

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Horticulture: growing better

A well-tended garden is one of life’s great pleasures and gardening is a hobby that can be enjoyed at any age.

Make the most of gardening

Tried and tested: Couch to 5K

Five benenden employees put the NHS running plan through its paces in the run up to Christmas. 


Read their stories

Judy Murray's Exercise Tips

Too busy to go to the gym? Britain’s top tennis mum tells you how to keep fit wherever you are!

Judy Murray's Exercise Tips

Beginner's guide to exercise

Whether you're planning to start running, cycling or flexibility training, you'll need the right kit before you begin

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Exercise: the benefits

Being active is important for our both physical and mental wellbeing. We provide you with the benefits of exercising.

The benefits

Essential exercise kit

If you are thinking about getting active by trying out new sports or hitting the gym, browse our top five exercise essentials…

Essential kit

Exercise and fitness myths

Thinking about getting fit ahead of summer? Check out these eight common myths about exercise - and the facts behind them

Facts behind the myths

Exercise as you get older

As you get older the desire to exercise may wane, but by exercising you can actually retain your independence for longer. 

Easy exercises

Exercising as a family

Physical activity is important for children – and parents can help by encouraging energetic playtime and games. 

Importance of exercise

Low-impact exercise

Moderate-intensity, low-impact exercise brings its own health benefits and, for many, may prove a better option.

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Healthy bones and joints

To help you look after your bones, physiotherapist Rachel Lewis, shares her exercise tips.

Exercise tips

Cardio vs strength training

The government recommends that an adult should combine cardio and muscle strengthening exercise on a weekly basis.

What's the difference?

Antidote to footy fever

If football isn’t your thing, don’t worry. There are plenty of other ways to get fit - and they don’t involve grass stains.

Football alternatives

Ask the experts: New Year, new you

When it comes to New Year's resolutions, how do healthcare professionals hope to improve their lifestyle? 

Ask the experts

Making exercise work for you

British ski cross champion Emily Sarsfield shares her fitness tips for making exercise work for you. 

Read her fitness tips

Fit For Life

Why eating little and often works for Russell Penn, captain of Benenden-sponsored York City Football Club.

Fit For Life

The marathon runner

European Championships and Commonwealth Games athlete Ben Moreau shares his fitness tips.

Marathon runner

My fitness tips: Lydia Greenway

She started playing cricket at seven years old. Only a decade later, Lydia Greenway was playing for England. Here are some of her fitness tips.

Fit For Life: Lydia Greenway

Walk yourself to health

Find out why walking comes with a host of great benefits, for you and the environment.

Walk yourself to health

Fitness is a way of life

Fitness tips from one of Britain’s leading climbers, Alan Cassidy.

Fitness as a way of life

Fitness Tips: Stephanie Millward

Rio Paralympics GB swimmer Stephanie Millward shares her positive attitude to sport and life in general.

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Get-fit challenge

It’s coming up to autumn and rather than sinking deeper into the sofa as the nights draw in, now is the perfect time to sign up for a sporting challenge to boost your motivation.

Get-fit challenge

Pilates vs Yoga

When you want to shake up your fitness regime and do something new, should you pick Pilates or yoga?

Pilates vs Yoga

Six ways to keep flexible

Feeling a bit creaky in your joints? Stiffness may be a natural consequence of ageing but staying supple will help you remain active, while reducing aches and injuries.

Flexibility

York 10K training underway

Thirty members of staff from Benenden’s registered office are getting set to take on the York 10K challenge on August 2nd. 

Support Team Benenden

Taking up a new sport

Debbie Pollard had always ridden a bike, but in her 40s she notched it up a gear, bought the Lycra and became a serious cyclist. She explains why.

Staying healthy

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