Get More Active.
With the new year fast approaching, here are some top tips on how to get more active.
Increasing your everyday activity levels is a great way to burn additional calories, maintain bone strength and regulate hormone levels and body systems.
Here are my top tips on how to get more active:
Get a dog.
It’s easy to fall into the habit of driving places rather than walking, but getting yourself a canine friend is one way to ensure that you do plenty of walking!
Even if you share dog walking duties with others, you will still find that you are doing more walking than you have done in years!
Take the stairs.
It always amazes me how few people take the stairs in shopping centres, train stations and even in their own houses or blocks of flats.
Fair enough if you live on the fifteenth floor and are carrying six bags of shopping, but in most cases wasting minutes waiting for lifts is lazy and unnecessary.
Get off the escalator to ill health and take the stairs to vitality instead!
Walking up and down stairs is great for cardiovascular fitness and for toning the muscles in the lower body.
Do something around the house.
Write yourself a list of things that need doing around the house, and then start to work your way though the list.
Cleaning, gardening and DIY are all excellent ways to remain active whilst being productive at the same time.
Whether you are washing windows, mowing the lawn or decluttering the spare bedroom, you will be increasing your general activity levels.
As an extra bonus, showing initiative and undertaking such tasks will also make you popular with your spouse, partner or flatmates!
Don’t act like the lord or lady of the manor.
Try to avoid the modern habit of slumbering on the sofa like a beached whale, whilst your other half waits on you hand and foot.
Remind yourself that – although you may have had a hard day at work – getting up to make your own cup of tea isn’t going to kill you.
Remaining sedentary, immobile and not challenging your circulatory system might do though!
Book a session with a personal trainer.
Even one session with an experienced trainer will leave you a lot more knowledgeable and confident about how to approach improving your physical health.
A good personal trainer will be able to explain the most effective ways to get fit, and will show you the level of intensity you will need to see results.
If you don’t like the idea of personal training, then perhaps a session with a private yoga teacher or pilates instructor would suit you better.
Even a single session can set you off on the right track.
Now you know my tips on how to get more active… good luck putting them into practice in the new year!
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