How to stay active?

How to stay active?
How to stay active?

It’s easy to make a resolution to get fit but staying active in all seasons can be a challenge. It can be hard to keep motivated and all kinds of barriers can get in the way of exercise.

Tips to help you stay active all year round:

  1. Make getting fit enjoyable. Pick an activity (or range of activities) that appeals to you, since you’re more likely to keep to an exercise plan if you like it.
  2. Choose activities that suit your lifestyle. Consider your budget, physical abilities and amount of free time.
  3. Check out local exercise options. Opportunities to be active in your neighbourhood may include leisure centres, sports clubs, parks, walking trails, swimming pools or exercise classes.
  4. Make exercise a social event. Find a friend or family member to be active with so you can motivate and reward each other, or make some new friends through a class or club.
  5. Plan ahead for bad weather. Head to your local swimming pool or gym to exercise indoors.
  6. Keep some exercise equipment at home. Options include exercise DVDs, a stationary bike, skipping rope or fitness ball.
    How to stay active?
    How to stay active?

  7. Have fun getting physical. Go dancing, fly a kite, throw a Frisbee or swim in the sea – you’re not limited to sports and structured exercise programs.
  8. Get active around the house. Housework, washing the dog and gardening are all physical activities that burn calories and help keep you fit.
  9. Look for incidental ways to move your body every day. For example, walk or cycle to the local shops, instead of driving the car. Use the stairs instead of the lift or escalator.
  10. Involve the whole family in keeping fit. Arrange for outings that are physically active, such as walking the dog, rowing or hiking.

Benefits of regular physical activity:

If you are regularly physically active, you may:
  1. reduce your risk of a heart attack 
  2. manage your weight better 
  3. have a lower blood cholesterol level 
  4. lower the risk of type 2 diabetes and some cancers 
  5. have lower blood pressure 
  6. have stronger bones, muscles and joints and lower risk of developing osteoporosis 
  7. lower your risk of falls 
    How to stay active?
    How to stay active?

  8. recover better from periods of hospitalization or bed rest 
  9. feel better – with more energy, a better mood, feel more relaxed and sleep better. 

A healthier state of mind:

A number of studies have found that exercise helps depression. There are many views as to how exercise helps people with depression:

  1.  Exercise may block negative thoughts or distract you from daily worries. 
  2. Exercising with others provides an opportunity for increased social contact. 
  3. Increased fitness may lift your mood and improve your sleep patterns. 
  4. Exercise may also change levels of chemicals in your brains, such as serotonin, endorphins and stress hormones.  
How to stay active?
How to stay active?

Aim for at least 30 minutes a day:

To maintain health and reduce your risk of health problems, health professionals and researchers recommend a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most, preferably all, days. 

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This blog provides general information and discussions about health and related subjects. The information and other content provided in this blog, or in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice, nor is the information a substitute for professional medical expertise or treatment. If you or any other person has a medical concern, you should consult with your health care provider or seek other professional medical treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something that has read on this blog or in any linked materials. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or emergency services immediately.

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