We all know that doctors recommend that we each get thirty minutes of moderate exercise a day for five days a week. However, you can benefit from getting much more than that. As long as you’re enjoying a healthy nutritious diet and you’re getting the energy you need from food, then don’t be shy about getting as much exercise as you feel want! It is worthwhile remembering if you’re exercising at moderate to hard intensity every day you could risk an injury. It’s about striking that happy balance. If you know that you’re falling short of the recommended two and a half hours of exercise a week, then start thinking about how to incorporate getting active into your everyday life.
When you come to the end of the week you’re tired and in need of a rest. By all means, kick back on the sofa and catch up on your favourite shows on a Friday evening, but tell yourself that you’ll get out and about on Saturday and Sunday. Plan a weekend packed with activity such as taking your kids or young relatives to the park for a kickabout, dusting off that exercise bike or walking in the great outdoors. Kickstart your endeavour to get more active and walk somewhere you’ve never been before. Source a pair of sturdy walking boots and then look for places of outstanding natural beauty in the UK to go and explore. You can book yourself a hotel in Yorkshire for example, and wake up early to start walking through the great expanse and undulating hills of the moors. Think about finding a pet-friendly hotel and taking your dog along with you for canine and moral support.
Walking is the easiest form of exercise and you’ll do it to some degree every day. Walking is low intensity meaning it doesn’t drain your energy levels quickly and it’s low impact too so you shouldn’t cause yourself lasting joint pain or injury. Getting a step counter or a Fitbit will help you keep track of how many steps you’re walking in a day and can be a fun way of challenging yourself. Don’t forget that you’re only in competition with yourself. You can continue to beat yesterday’s walking score by getting increasingly more active, and as a result, more healthy. Instead of taking the car for short journeys, just walk it. Walk your dog around the block for fifteen minutes in the evening, and get the stairs instead of the lift at work.
Find What Works For You
To get more active you have to enjoy what you’re doing, so find the sport that is right for you. Try swimming at your local gym and see whether you take to it like a duck to water, or get yourself a bike and a helmet and cycle around your town. Get your friends involved and see if you can go the gym together or get out early on a Saturday morning and get jogging. For your plan of getting active to stick you will need to be motivated and dedicated so you simply must enjoy the exercise you’re engaging in so that you want to continue with it and start feeling happier and healthier. You can do it.