You might think that intense exercise is the only kind worth doing, but recent research has come to a different conclusion. A study by the London Metropolitan University showed that moderate exercisers reported more significant mood improvements, higher energy levels and felt calmer, than intense exercisers.
An activity as simple as a brisk 30-minute walk most days can make a difference to your health and wellbeing by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels, improving sleep quality and even preventing type 2 diabetes
Keep it up!
Use these tips to build a healthy habit that sticks:
- Pick something you enjoy - it doesn’t have to be a chore!
- Find an exercise buddy
- Exercise with a community or class
- Start small and be realistic
- Mix up your activities
- Be kind to yourself if you miss a session, start again tomorrow
- Keep a diary of when you exercise – note down how you felt before and afterwards
- Reward yourself for hitting your goals
Stuck for inspiration?
Here are some ideas to get you moving…
- Brisk walking
- Line dancing
- Aqua aerobics
- Hula hooping
- Ballroom dancing
Day-to-day fitness challenge
Use these ideas to make movement part of your everyday routine.
7.00am Rise and stretch in all directions
7.30am Squat while you brush your teeth
7.35am Sit down on the floor and get up. Repeat 3 times
9.00am Use the stairs and skip the lift
10.00am Do 10 push ups against the wall
1.00pm Head out for a brisk lunchtime walk around the park
3.00pm Ditch the chair to sit on a gym ball
4.00pm Hold a wall squat for 30 seconds
5.00pm Stand up on public transport
6.00pm March on the spot while you’re waiting for the kettle to boil
7.00pm Stretch during ad breaks
10.30pm Stand on 1 leg while you brush your teeth
How could you add more movement to your day?
Learn and practice simple exercises you can do at home and explore healthier food choices for better physical wellbeing at our eat and exercise for energy course