Feeling overwhelmed by the enormous choice of exercise methods? New to fitness and trying to work out where to begin? Try these straightforward ideas for all-round health.
One foot in front of the other, as much as you can, is one of the best things you can do for your body. The target of 10,000 steps a day is a good one, and like all weight-bearing exercise it will do good for your bones.
Make the most of every opportunity to use those feet, by wearing comfortable shoes and fitting extra walking into your day.
Early morning Tai Chi routines are commonplace in Chinese communities round the world. If you’ve ever seen it done you will realise that there is no age limit. This exercise works in harmony with your body and also involves meditation, so it is a perfect stress-buster at any time of day.
Don’t save a splash in the pool just for your annual holiday. Swimming provides exercise without strain on joints, and so is accessible to anyone. If you’ve never learnt how to swim, try an adult beginner class. Teaching techniques have probably moved on since your schooldays!
The results of these exercises won’t show on the outside, but will pay long-term dividends! Both men and women can benefit from these invisible exercises.
Kegels can be done anywhere and no-one will know that you are doing them. Imagine you are trying to stop yourself passing urine and simply squeeze those muscles. Hold for three seconds, relax completely and repeat 10 times. Do this whenever you remember, ideally several times a day.
as I do some badly overdue hedge trimming and weeding, i hope that gardening counts too - it is certainly weightbearing!
swimming is great, easy on the joints. and walking for health and the environment!