Easy ways to be more active

It’s often recommended that we should get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day. But being more active doesn’t always have to mean heading to the gym to sweat it out. Here are a few simple ways you can work more physical activity into your everyday life.

1. Take the stairs

Get into the habit of taking the stairs whenever you can, whether that’s at work or when you’re at the shopping centre. It may seem like a small change, but remember that climbing stairs works a number of muscles and every bit of activity counts towards the often-quoted 10 000-step daily goal.

2. Take the dog for a walk

It’s not only you that needs regular physical activity – your pooch does too. And as well as being a bonding time for you and your dog, taking a regular stroll around the neighbourhood after work is a great way to unwind after a busy day.

3. Do some housework

Incorporate some housework into your daily routine to burn kilojoules and get the benefits of a clean and tidy home. According to Good Housekeeping, some of the activities that expend the most energy include scrubbing the bath, doing laundry, cleaning windows, washing up and vacuuming.

4. Join a group activity

If you’re not keen on exercising alone, why not join a running group or sign up for a dance class? Group activities are a fun and social way to work out, and you’re likely to be more motivated to stick with it if your instructor and class members are expecting you to arrive.

5. Get into the garden

Gardening is also a great way to burn kilojoules and use various muscle groups. From mowing and raking to weeding and planting, you’ll be working up a sweat in no time. Just remember to wear a hat and sunscreen.

6. Make the most of your lunch break

If you spend most of your day sitting behind a desk, use your lunch hour to give tired, stiff muscles a break by going for a walk or doing some gentle stretching. You may also want to look into whether there’s a yoga or Pilates class near your office that you do can do during lunch.

7. Start a walking group

If you love walking and being outdoors, why not enlist a few friends to join you for regular brisk walks before or after work. It’s a great way to connect your friends while getting your heart rate pumping.

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