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There’s no denying that daily movement is an essential part of your health and wellbeing. One of your top health goals in addition to healthy eating, should be to find a form of physical activity that you actually enjoy as you’ll be more likely to stick with it in the long-term. Here are some tops tips to help you start incorporating movement into your day:
- Just make small changes: You can just start with making small changes to your daily routine, like taking the stairs instead of the lift, hold walking meetings (we love this at Melrose), going for a walk in your lunch break (store a pair of walking shoes at work or in your car so you're ready to go at any time), use a stand-up desk or park the car just that little bit further away...
- A morning walk: A great way to kick start your metabolism and carve out time for yourself. You can listen to some tunes while you walk or catch up on a podcast.
- Relax and stretch with yoga: A yoga class is not only great for your mental health but also increasing flexibility and toning your body (if you are new to yoga, consider a beginner's course or a yin yoga class to ease your body into it).
- Pick something you already love to do: Find something you already love and make it a little more formal. Love to swim? Swim laps at your local pool. Love to dance? Take a dance class at your local gym. Love nature? Go for a hike.
- Ready to really sweat? Join your local Bootcamp or group fitness class, or hit an F45 class if you really want to step outside your comfort zone!
Expert tip: Our Resident Nutritionist Steph Lowe tells us that a good thing to remember is that structured exercise is just as important as daily movement, but it will likely only ever account for 4-6% of your waking hours, so what you do outside of that time to optimise your health is important. A great way to help you with this is to get a pedometer, FitBit or a step-counting app on your smart phone to track your steps (the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends a target of 10,000 steps/ day).
What are you waiting for? Let's get moving!.