These five steps will get you moving in the right direction and keep you going.
As a form of exercise, walking is underrated, it is the easiest way to lose weight and become more active. A good walk can help strengthen and shape your legs, giving great definition to calves, quads, hamstrings and lifting your glutes. If you really pay attention to your posture as you walk, it can tone your abs and whittle your waist, too. People who get more activity, such as walking into their daily life burn more calories then those who weekly visit the gym. Up to 400 calories can be burn by 10 000 steps a day. Make the walking your daily routine and get fit for free, by using every opportunity to be active, with ditching the car or getting off the bus one stop earlier.
Cycling is a healthy, low-impact exercise that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, from young children to older adults. It is also fun, cheap and good for the environment. Cycling is a good way to control or reduce weight, as it raises your metabolic rate, builds muscle and burns body fat.Whether you’re cycling to work, to school, to the shops or just for fun, the humble bicycle is an easy way to get more active. Regular cycling can reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke. It can also boost your mood and keep your weight under control.
It’s a fact that climbing stairs is widely regarded as one of the most efficient and effective cardio and strength building workouts you can do. Stair climbing burns more calories per minute than jogging and counts towards your recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise. Regularly taking the stairs is good for strong bones, cardiovascular fitness and weight management. It’s also a safe, low-impact exercise that requires no equipment. One of the best parts about stair climbing is how easy it is to fit into daily life.
Exercising outdoors boosts people’s physical and mental health more than going to indoor gyms, even in winter. Green exercise makes you feel better than the same exercise performed indoors. When the sun hits our skin, it creates vitamin D3, important to bone health and metabolic function. In addition, exposure to sunlight during the day can help you sleep better at night, improve immune function and increase endorphin production— those feel-good hormones circulating throughout your body.
Go back in the park, or on the playground, or in your garden and be a child again. Park games like frisbee, hide and seek involve short, sharp bursts of activity and periods of rest, which are very effective for improving fitness, especially if you’re not usually very active. Park games are an ideal way for all the family to get active together, have fun and reap the health benefits.