Exercise is not just about getting healthy, but also staying healthy. That really matters for life now and in the future. Make it happen with these ten tips.
Whatever else needs doing – you can’t do it if you aren’t fit for it. Make exercise and health a top priority on any schedule.
The NEAT concept is a way to get fit without even trying, just by doing what you have to do anyway. Make your life a little less convenient by taking stairs not lift, parking at the back of the car park and walk around while you are on the phone.
Sometimes convenience is better. Keep your workout kit easily accessible so there is no fuss to find it, and buy an extra set so you always have clean clothes.
Walking, running, swimming, team or solo sport - it doesn’t matter what it is as long as you enjoy it. Exercise that you don’t enjoy won’t last long.
Even a 10 minute brisk workout can make a big difference to your stamina and muscles.
Try to get ‘a bit puffed’ at least once a day. That shows you are working your heart and that’s what it needs.
There are mini workouts that fit perfectly into spare moments with no clothing change or equipment needed. Make good use of your waiting time for kettle, bus or microwave.
Government exercise targets include strength work as well as cardio. Keeping muscles at work is vital for everyday tasks now, and improved health in later life. It only needs ten minutes a week – no excuses!
Powering through is not always a good idea. If there is more pain than you would expect, take advice and follow it.
It may be for a short term training goal or for a longer term ‘shape up’ campaign. For all of us, exercise gives us a chance of a longer and healthier life. What better reason could there be to get moving?
I like to be reminded and also remind myself why I do exercise. When I imagine myself as a fit healthy older person because of what I'm doing now it really motivates me.
'a bit puffed' - love it, that's how the kids express it and they are exactly right! We all need to do it at least once a day.
Yes to making workouts easy. If it's a real chore who would bother for long? Keep it simple, plan ahead so you don't have to think about it too much, then just do it.
I do the 'get breathless every day' thing. If I haven't managed to do it during the day I run up and down stairs a few times when I get home.