Building activity into daily life

Building activity into daily life

Getting active doesn’t need to be about joining a local sports club or even running a 10k. It can just be about doing things that fit into your existing routine, as and when you can.

Every way you get moving genuinely matters. Things like taking the stairs, walking to and from the shops, or even getting off a stop early on the bus all add up. Many of these sorts of tweaks to your routine can be worked into your commute. And even little things you can do around the house still matter, like getting on your feet during a TV ad break or stretching while making a cup of tea.

On the days you feel up to it, making these sorts of little changes to how you move about can make a big impact in the long term. Tools like the Active 10 app can help you track how much brisk walking you've integrated into your routine; you can find a link in the relevant resources section.

There might be other ways that being active can fit into your day to day routine. Many people find that being active fits naturally into spending times with family, and helps with keeping motivated. Jo has found that walking her dog Elsie is something both she and her grandkids enjoy doing together. She also finds that Elsie provides a natural motivation to leave the house and get moving, even on her not-so-good days.

Using your routine as a starting point for being active can be a great way to ensure what you do doesn’t feel inconvenient. Finding little ways you can move more around your home or your office can allow you to go about your day pretty much as usual – while still feeling the benefits of moving more.

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    Being active while having fun

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    Trying new activities

    Maybe you’re just starting to get active, or maybe you want to try something new. Either way, there are some things that may be helpful to bear in mind when you’re starting out.