Being more active doesn’t have to include joining an expensive gym. Walking is an activity that can be done almost anywhere, and it’s free. All you need is a good pair of shoes and a little time. A great way to get started is take the dog, kids or a loved one on a 10-minute walk each day and gradually build up to longer sessions. You may also want to invest in an inexpensive pedometer, which will monitor how many steps you take per day and you can increase the number of steps taken each week.
Experts recommend healthy adults include 150 minutes of exercise, such as walking, into their week. This may sound daunting, but you’ll probably find you do quite a bit of walking already, just in smaller sessions. To increase the time you spend walking each day, consider walking to work, taking the long way around the office or home to reach your destination and take the stairs rather than the elevator. When using public transport, disembarking earlier than your intended destination and walking the rest of the way, will increase the amount of movement in your day. If you must take the car, park it further away from your destination and walk the rest of the way. Taking a short walk during a break, can stimulate your senses and improve your productivity, especially on a sunny day.
There are many activities around the home which can increase the amount of movement in your day. Scrubbing the shower, vacuuming the house, mowing the lawns and cleaning the car are activities which when done with vigour, will increase your heart and breathing rates. Doing these activities yourself rather than paying someone else to do them, can improve your fitness and save you money.
Are you one of those people who go onto autopilot, switching on the television or computer whenever you have some free time? Taking a walk, playing with the kids in the park or taking up a new physical hobby, are good ways to have fun and incorporate extra movement into your day.
Being more active has many health benefits, encouraging a happier, healthier lifestyle. Please remember to consult a health professional before embarking on any new exercise program.
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