Doing some physical activity every day can make a big difference to your health.
Build up gradually, and give your body time to adapt as your muscles strengthen. If you have any medical conditions, speak to your GP before starting any new activity. Doing just a little bit more than you did before will still make a difference. Sessions of at least 10 minutes every day are a good way to start.
Make small changes to your routine
Beat the traffic and leave the car at home for small trips, or get off the bus or train one or two stops earlier and walk the rest of the way. Other household activities, like hoovering, gardening and DIY can also count towards being more active.
Get fit with friends
You could go for a walk in the park, visit the shops, play tennis or hit the dancefloor.
Find an activity you enjoy
Don’t be afraid to try new things. Was there an activity or sport you did years ago you’d like to start again? Or is there a sports club or team near you you’d like to join? It’s important that the activity is right for your current level of fitness, so remember to check with your GP before you get involved.
Set yourself goals
You’re more likely to stick to your more active life if you set goals – be realistic with both short- and long-term goals. Keep an exercise diary and tick off your achievements – you’ll be amazed at the improvement and progress you’ll see.
Keep it varied
Once you are fitter and exercising regularly, vary your routine. Change the place or time where you do your activity or try something new to keep things exciting.
Don’t give up
Although your body benefits as soon as you become more active, you may not see visible changes straight away. Stick with it! Exercise won’t just improve your long-term health, it will give you more energy, enhance your mood and help you sleep better.
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