7 ways to get more active! (and don’t involve the gym)

By author photo Laura Ford

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Over winter it’s natural for many of us to go into hibernation as we spend more time getting cosy on the couch and less time on physical activity. As the weather gets warmer and days get longer, you may find an increase in energy levels and more motivation to get active again. While signing up for the gym is a great way to encourage activity, there are plenty of other ways to get moving that are fun (and free!).

 

Here are our top tips for ways to get more active.

 

1 Get active on your commute to work

Have a look at your route to and from work and see if there are ways you can be more active. Try riding your bike for part of the journey or including a walk to and from the station. A bit of physical activity before work can help prepare yourself for the day or destress after a long day at work.

 

2 Get dancing!

Pop on a mix of your favourite songs and have a dance around the house. It’s a great way to get your heart rate up whilst having a bit of fun.

 

3 Play in the park with the kids

Getting the kids out to play in the sunshine is not only good for them but good for you too! Rather than having a rest on the park bench, try running around and play some games with the kids.

 

4 Increase incidental activity

Try getting off a bus or tram stop earlier, or parking the car further away at the shops. You’ll barely notice the extra time you’ll spend moving plus every bit of extra movement counts!

 

5 Get out amongst nature

We live in the most beautiful part of the world so why not make the most of it by getting outdoors. Hiking is a great way to get moving but you can also try exploring different local parks or beaches around your neighbourhood.

 

6 Use the stairs

Opt for the stairs where possible instead of the escalator or elevator. You’ll be surprised how quickly this can increase your steps, plus climbing stairs is great for toning and strengthening your legs.

 

7 Swap coffee catchups for activity dates

Instead of catching up over a latte (where a piece of cake can also be tempting), try catching up for a walk and talk instead. You’ll get all the social benefits of catching up with your friend, whilst enjoying the sunshine and fresh air.

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