We understand you’ve a busy person with little to no time to spare for exercise but are worried about the effects to your body from being inactive?
A lack of exercise is a huge problem for Britain with nearly half the population identifying themselves as being ‘inactive’. With benefits including improved fitness, weight-loss and a healthier heart there’s always time to add a daily spring to your step.
To help, we’ve put together this handy guide for on-the-go people who want to make a change:
There are a number of ways to incorporate exercise into a daily routine, you could get up earlier to take the dog for a walk in the morning and do it as soon as you get home. No dog? No problem; set your alarm and go for a walk anyway.
Set up a walking group with friends, or in your workplace at lunch times – if it’s a group activity it’s likely you’ll stick at it for the long-term. Keep it interesting by planning a different route each time you go out on lunch or walk the long way around to the canteen.
Try parking further away from the shops, your workplace and the supermarket – or better yet, try walking there instead. Not only does this help your health it helps the environment too. You could also forget the lift and escalator and take the stairs where possible.
Get on your bike!
If walking isn’t your thing, try cycling instead. Cycling has so many health benefits including: cardiovascular fitness, improved muscle strength, flexibility, posture and co-ordination and any more. It can also help reduce stress levels.
Join a group activity!
Walking and running clubs are increasing in popularity and offer the opportunity to meet with like-minded people hoping to improve their own fitness. Often these groups feature mixed abilities allowing you to work at your pace and aim towards a goal of moving up the fitness rankings.
Don’t stand still!
Workout plan when cooking/making a cup of tea?
Waiting for the kettle to boil and your tea to cook? Don’t sit around, walk or jog on the spot adding a squat here and there to break up the pace.