When it comes to staying in shape a healthy balanced diet is only half the story. An active and healthy lifestyle is just as important but, sadly today, people are less active than ever before. Technology has made our lives easier. We drive more and walk less, and TV and video games are two of our favourite ways to relax.

Scientific evidence suggests, however, that people who take part in regular exercise have a lower risk of conditions such as obesity, heart disease, cancer or type 2 diabetes. Keeping active can also be a good way to relax and feel just that little bit better.


The body the body doesn’t distinguish between sugars used in manufacturing or in the kitchen, and those sugars found naturally in fruits and vegetables. For example, sucrose in an apple is broken down in exactly the same way as the sucrose in your sugar bowl. However, the rate of which the sugar (sucrose) is absorbed can vary depending on if the source is a solid or liquid food, for example, in an apple or apple juice.

The UK Government recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of more vigorous exercise for adults (aged 19-64) each week. This includes walking, using the stairs, housework, DIY, dancing, playing sport or using the gym. It also recommends doing muscle strengthening activities at least two days a week, which could include heavy gardening or resistance exercise. (68)