HEALTH

3 Easy Ways to Increase Your Physical Activity

Physical exercise is just as important as eating healthily when it comes to trying to improve general health. However, many people don’t have the time or money to be continuously going to the gym or other fitness clubs.

The NHS recommends that 5-18-year-olds should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day in order to maintain a basic level of health. Here are three ways you can incorporate more physical activity into your routine

Exercises in the morning

Waking up 15-20 minutes before your normal routine can allow you to squeeze in light exercises before leaving for school/work. The benefits of exercising in the morning are that it can make you more alert and productive throughout the day while increasing your physical fitness bit-by-bit. You can find tutorial videos on small, basic exercises, including yoga on YouTube to suit your intensity and time available.

Cleaning

Cleaning gets rid of two birds with one stone; regularly cleaning keeps your environment de-cluttered, while also getting you physically active. Even 10-15 minutes of cleaning can get you active. The best way to clean in order to use as many muscle groups as possible is to squat instead of bend and to clean the biggest area possible for more movement.

Walk as much as possible

Walking burns more calories than you would think, especially if you’re doing a lot of it. There are a lot of ways you can increase the amount you walk without causing too much disruption to your daily lives. Some ideas include: taking the stairs, parking further away from entry points, and getting off the bus one stop early. You can also download apps that track how much you walk daily, or use pedometers to set yourself daily goals to meet.

Sources:
NHS – Physical activity guidelines for children and young people – NHShttps://www.nhs.uk/live…/exercise/physical-activity-guidelines-children-and-young-peo…

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