staying fit


Being physically active has countless benefits to our physical and mental health, including protecting our muscles (we lose an average of 3% of our muscle mass every decade), improving flexibility, maintaining collagen in our skin, staving off stress, and boosting our moods. Physical activity can even protect us from neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease. 

But how can you stay active? It sounds challenging, especially if you're not used to being physically active, or you don't enjoy it, but there are simple ways that can give your mind and body a boost in minutes. 

In this section, we're going to explore how you can motivate yourself to be more active, and ways you can incorporate more movement into your day. 

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ways to increase your daily steps and keep fit

If you don’t walk much, reaching 10,000 steps can seem like a lot. But, as this post shows, it doesn’t have to be an insurmountable task. There are simple ways you can increase your steps to improve your heart health and muscle strength.

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exercising at home - how to improve your physical activity

Being at home doesn’t mean you have to be inactive. There are lots of forms of exercise you can try at home, allowing you to find a way to workout without it feeling like work. Here are some things you could do to improve your daily physical activity from home.

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ways to add more activity into your day

There are lots of simple ways to add exercise into your day, and they can come from the most unexpected of places. Housework and gardening can help you squeeze in more moderate exercise, for example. Find out how else you could add more activity into your day in this post.

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how staying active can lower dementia risk

Staying fit doesn’t just benefit us physically – it also keeps our brains functioning better as we age. Here are some of the ways staying fit can prevent dementia, which affects 1 in 6 people over 80.

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  1. No matter where your career takes you, past and present members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England Wales (ICAEW) are eligible for caba’s services for life, even if you change your career and leave accountancy 
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    5. any other person who is or was dependent on the eligible individual supporting them financially or are reliant on the eligible individual’s care 
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*Please note none of our other services are means tested. 

I’m an accountant, but not a member of ICAEW, can you still help?

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