A 2018 study from the World Health Organisation revealed that one in three Brits aren’t getting enough exercise. The recommended level of physical activity to stay healthy is a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate exercise, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each week. That’s just 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week or 15 minutes a day with increased intensity.
So, how do you make time for this?
You don’t necessarily have to be exercising to move more and there are many options available to increase your activity.
It can be as simple as parking a little further away from work or getting off the bus a stop earlier so that you then walk to the office. When at work you could stand or walk whilst making phone calls and encourage your manager to allow walking meeting rather than seated.
Drinking more water will give you that much needed time away from your desk as you go to refill your glass. You’ll also need more trips to the toilet – all of which contributes to your daily steps!
Taking a post-meal walk, whether this is after every meal or just the one, will help you to move more whilst also helping to digest your meal faster. If you do this after eating your lunch at work it will also help you to feel refreshed and more focussed for the afternoon ahead.
Exercising at home has never been easier thanks to the likes of Joe Wicks and YouTube. There are a number of videos online that you can follow to squeeze in a quick 15 minute HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout.
With it being just 15-20 minutes, you can do this in the morning by simply waking up a little earlier, or even once you arrive home in the evening.
The NHS also has a 10-minute cardio workout online if you’re just starting out – begin with this and then work up to something more advanced as you progress!
Not everyone enjoys going to the gym and that’s absolutely fine. However, some people feel they need to be in an ‘exercising environment’ to have the motivation to get moving.
The gym offers a number of ways to get a workout in, whether this is through the use of classes, cardio or strength training. Similarly to home workouts, there are a number of online resources that can give you some workout inspiration so that you aren’t walking in with no idea of what to do.
It’s important to remember that you don’t have to be in the gym for hours to reap the benefits. As mentioned at the beginning of this article, you only need to do 15-30 minutes of exercise per day to meet the WHO recommendation. Anything extra is just a bonus!
Throughout April 2019, set yourself a challenge to get moving and try and meet the exercise recommendations. These figures are recommended as meeting this minimum reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia and other illnesses.
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