Let’s Get Moving

By Penny Lynch

Anyone else feeling inspired to do some exercise now that the weather is improving?  Incorporating fitness into our daily routines is essential for maintaining good health and wellbeing.  Regular exercise has many physical health benefits, from improving cardiovascular health, building strength and endurance, to reducing the risk of chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, as well as promoting better sleep quality. Exercise also has mental health benefits, such as reducing stress and anxiety, improving mood, and boosting self-esteem.

When exercise becomes a regular part of our lives, we are more likely to stick with it long-term and experience the positive effects of physical activity.  Making time for fitness also shows that we prioritise our health and wellbeing, which can help us feel more in control of our lives and improve our overall quality of life.

Here are some simple tips to get your fitness journey started:

– Start each day with a stretch routine.

– Get off the bus at the stop before your one, or park your car further away from your destination, to add some extra steps into your day.

– Where you can, walk or cycle to work/school.

– Take the stairs instead of the lift or escalator.

– Take a walk during your lunch break.

– Use a standing desk or take standing breaks throughout the day.

– Reward yourself with a treat for reaching fitness milestones, such as being able to go upstairs without having to stop.

– Use a backpack to carry your shopping.  This will help to strengthen your back and core muscles, rather than using tote bags that pull on your arms and shoulders.

– Set a daily step goal and use a pedometer or fitness tracker to monitor your progress.  Most phones have a health and wellbeing app that will track your steps.

– Incorporate physical activity into your day, such as gardening or housework.

– Make exercise a priority by scheduling it into your day, just like any other appointment.
– Find a buddy to help keep you motivated and accountable.

– Plan active outings with friends or family, such as a stroll round the newly completed Knowle Park, in Cranleigh.

Even these small changes can make a big difference in your health, fitness, and overall wellbeing.

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