Family doctors are being told to prescribe exercise to patients with serious health conditions including cancer, diabetes, dementia and depression. Picture: Pexels

Family doctors are being told to prescribe exercise to patients with serious health conditions including cancer, diabetes, dementia, and depression. Health officials say GPs and healthcare workers should encourage patients to help fight their conditions by getting more active.

Doctors should ask about their physical activity levels, inform them of how exercise can help symptoms and guide patients towards appropriate activities. One in four patients would be more active if advised by a doctor or nurse, research suggests.

But nearly three-quarters of GPs do not speak about the benefits of physical activity to patients. An active lifestyle can cut the risk of health problems; and slash the chances of Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure by half. 

If you are looking to train at home, blogger Gina Florio of Popsugar shares her tips on how you can do it..

All four of the exercises should be done once and then repeated three times, which will leave you with four rounds in total.

1. Dumbbell squats: Stand up straight while holding a dumbbell in each hand and squat. Do 12 reps.

2. Split-lunge jumps: Start with your legs split front to back in a lunge position. Bend knees and lower hips, then jump for maximum height. Do 12 reps. 

3.Dumbbell deadlifts: Grab a pair of dumbbells with an overhand grip, and hold them at arm’s length in front of your thighs. Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your knees slightly bent. Do 12 reps.