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Everyday ideas for getting more active

Being active helps keep us happy and healthy during the course of our lives. Brisk walking remains one of the simplest ways to get more active. Why not walk briskly to the shops, to post that letter or to see family/friends? In fact, walking with a friend is a great way to stay in touch and become healthier. 

Remember to:

  • Build on the activity that you are already doing
  • Set yourself some realistic goals
  • Keep a note of how you are doing
  • Start slowly and work up your activity week by week

You might want to check out your local parks or the Bucks Physical Activity search.

 

Some simple exercises to do around the house

Squats

Squat time Emptying the dishwasher? Unpacking the shopping? Putting away the washing? Don’t bend down – Squat! Try to do five each time and you’ll be surprised how many you can do across the day.

 

Leg Raises

Hit the floor Watch your favourite show from the floor or even get the kids doing it with you, while doing crunches, cycle your legs and leg lifts.

 

Chair Stretches

Sit and Stretch Got a minute to sit down? Take some chair time to sit up straight. Raise your arms, gently rotate your body, roll your neck, stretch your arms, shrug those shoulders – and get creative!

 

Stairs

Use those stairs Got five minutes? Run up and down your stairs! Got another five to spare? Hit those stairs again!

 

Alarm Clock

 Wakeup call Good Morning! Get up and start doing some arm circles – the most effective do-anywhere (well almost anywhere) exercises.

 

Press Ups

Five a day in a different way Have a daily goal like complete “five push-ups” by the time you brush your teeth at night

 

Jumping Kids

Get the kids jumping For parents stuck at home in the evenings, do activities with the kids at the top of every hour like jumping jacks

The golden rule is to do as much as you are able. Remember something is better than nothing and every little bit counts!

 

Outside exercises as you go about your daily life

Playing Outside

Park Play When you take your kids to the park don’t sit on the bench and watch. Jog, jump, slide and play right alongside your family. Or even take a frisbee, football or cricket bat and take advantage of the green spaces near you.

  

Bus

Bus hopper If you regularly take the bus why not get off a stop earlier and walk the rest – may be a way to beat the traffic too!

 

Gardening

Grow some sunflowers, tomatoes blueberries. Or any fruit, flower, shrub or veggie that takes your fancy. Gardening combines the miracle of growing beautiful (and tasty!) things with getting outdoors in the fresh air and moving your body. So get out there and start planting, weeding, watering and harvesting!

 

Shopping

Don’t let the shopping weigh you down Turn going to the shops into your own workout, walking to and from the shops is a good workout in itself – but if you have shopping bags to carry why not try doing some arm lifts with them?

 

Hill

Don’t avoid the hills Live near a hill and always avoided walking up it? Start slow and power on through, time yourself so when you come to do it again try and knock off 30secs/1 minute every time.

 

Don’t avoid the hills Live near a hill and always avoided walking up it? Start slow and power on through, time yourself so when you come to do it again try and knock off 30secs/1 minute every time.

 

However active you are you should also minimise the amount of time you spend being sedentary, so remember to take regular breaks away from your desk if you sit down all day at work. Here are the recommended activity levels for different age groups:

 

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