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Get your wiggle on!

Let's face it exercise is a bit like Marmite - you love it or you hate it!

I'm in the 'not so fond of' camp, I need to find a class or group activity I really enjoy in order to get moving.

I do like the results I get when exercising, I become more agile, I feel great in my clothes and it helps me feel more energetic. It just isn't a natural habit that I have formed or at least taken the right opportunity to find something I really love.

My quest to find something that lights me up and makes me want to get out of bed early is ongoing and it was while I was thinking about what I like to do that I decided the next 4 blogs were all going to be about exercise.!

Let's see if I can find something that resonates with you too!



Why the heck is it so important?

Before we go any further I feel the need for some facts... some real reasons as to why we should all be trying to fit some movement into our lives.

  • Improve Physical Health
  • Reduce risk of disease
    • Type 2 Diabetes
    • Heart Failure
    • Lower Blood Pressure
  • Improve Mental Health
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Anger
  • Improve quality of life
  • Keep a healthy weight
Ok, we know WHY but what if it's just too hard!

I am sure we can find all the excuses under the sun why NOT to exercise. I have used most of them! 

It comes down to this... motivation. If the reasons above aren't motivation enough then you need to find your own personal 'why'.

  • What would it mean to you to get some good movement into your day?
  • How could you manage it? 
  • Where could you fit it in?
  • Who could you exercise with?
  • Can you find it in your budget?
  • Can you find something free to do (running or walking!)
  • Is there a local group or class you can join?


Too much Choice? And How much is enough?

These are the main types of exercise to focus on.

  • Aerobic - raising your heart rate
    • Jogging, Brisk Walking, Tennis, Dancing, Biking, Gardening, Swimming
  • Strength - keeping bones and muscles strong
    • Lifting free weights, Resistance Machines, Resistance bands
  • Flexibility - Keeping a good range of motion
    • Yoga, Pilates, Stretching, Tai Chi

How much is enough?

The standard recommendations are to do 150 mins (2.5 hours) of moderate aerobic activity or 75 mins (1.25 hours) vigorous aerobic activity a week plus some strength training.

A typical week could be made up by breaking that down over a few days. Most group classes last between 30 & 60 mins. 



But what if we really can't commit to all that?

It doesn't have to be so daunting for those of you that really struggle to exercise.

Sometimes it can be the small steps that get you started and moving at least a little but most days.

  • Walk to a bus stop farther away
  • Get off the bus a few stops early
  • Walk a little more quickly
  • Set a reminder to get up and move around every 60 mins
  • Run up and down stairs (carefully)
  • Get out some tin cans and do some arm lifts

Have a look around and think about how you might be able to incorporate some movement into your daily routine.

If you need some support finding a way to fit some movement into your day, let me know.
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