Lifestyle Design

Exercise a little more!

Tips for exercising…. this is a area that is hard for me, something I struggle with everyday.  I prefer to get my exercise building a new cupboard, or a TV stand or working in the garden.

To stay fit and healthy we need to exercise regularly. Research suggests that maintaining an active lifestyle is the key to good health and weight management. You can plan physical activity by doing things like going to the gym or playing sport.

Increasing the amount of everyday exercise in your life can make a big difference. Try to incorporate at least four everyday activities into each day.

The car
Suggestions include:

Walk to the corner shops instead of driving.
Cycle to work one or two days every week.
Walk to the bus stop or train station, and catch public transport to work.
If taking the bus or tram, get off one stop early and walk the rest of the way.
Park the car a fair distance from the entrance of the shops and walk, rather than parking right out front.
Wash and vacuum the car yourself instead of taking it to a car wash.

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In the workplace

Suggestions include:

Take the stairs instead of the lift.
Use at least half of your lunch break for a brisk walk, even if it is only 10-15 minutes.
Stretch at your desk.
When you need to talk to a colleague, don’t use the phone or internal email – get up from your desk and walk over to them.
If your job involves sitting at a desk all day, make sure you get up and walk around for a few minutes every hour.

At home
Suggestions include:

You might enjoy the housework a little more if you think about all the kilojoules you’re burning while pushing the vacuum and mop around.
Listen to your favourite music or the radio and dance around the house.
Play actively with your children.
Walk the dog more often, or make your usual walk 10 minutes or so longer.
Get stuck into your garden. Mow, rake leaves and get some planting done.
Incorporate a few more physical activities into your family’s leisure time; for example, you could take the children to the park or kick a ball around the backyard.

Out and about
Suggestions include:

Ignore the lifts in favour of the stairs.
In shopping centres, take the stairs instead of the escalators.
Walk up the escalators instead of just riding them.

But More then all that… Appreciate yourself!

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