For some of us, our daily tasks such as housework and shopping don’t actually allow you to work hard enough to improve your heart rate, therefore making small changes to your lifestyle is the best way to get active and help ward off potential health problems.
Experts recommend a minimum of 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensive aerobic activity, combined with strength training that works the major muscle groups at least 2 times a week. Exercise doesn’t have to consist of intense workouts or going to the gym - there are simpler ways of sneaking more exercise into your day.
The easiest way to start your active lifestyle is by increasing the amount of time you spend walking a day. Walking is the simplest way to start your active journey and just 30 minutes of walking a day can lower your blood pressure and can also lower the risk of a stroke by 20% to 40%. Walking has plenty of benefits for your heart too, as just 30 minutes a day can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease by 30% and also reduce your cholesterol and chance of developing diabetes.
There are many things you can change to get your step count up throughout the day and you’ll notice that it doesn’t involve making huge lifestyle changes either.
We recommend using a pedometer or wearable sports device to keep you motivated throughout the day. Using one will give you the ability to set yourself goals and enable you to compete with yourself to achieve your desired objectives. Using a pedometer will help you feel a sense of accomplishment after achieving your goal, and will motivate you to keep going!
Making the minor changes to your daily routine is the best way to help you get active as you’ll barely notice you’re doing exercise, yet you’ll feel more energised and see positive changes as a result.
Once you’ve taken the first step in becoming a more active person, you’ll find it so much easier to stick to it. Staying active is the key to being happy and healthy; so just by adding some simple exercises into your day to day life will improve not only your health and fitness but your mind set too.