I am sure most of us are aware of how important regular exercise is for us. Exercise is beneficial for your cardiovascular system, it keeps our joints health and muscles strong and also has benefits on mood and mental health. We all know how difficult it can be to fit exercise in to our busy lives, especially in the summer when we all want to enjoy the sunshine and in the winter when we want to hibernate! It can also be daunting returning to exercise if you have had some time out or want to try something new. Take advantage of National fitness day on the 23rd of September to start some exercise. See below for ideas and tips for being more active in your day to day life…
- If you are back in the office – try walking or cycling to work, or maybe get off the bus or tube one stop earlier and walk the rest of the way.
- If you are working from home, try going for a walk in your lunchbreak.
- Try taking the stairs at home or work rather than the lift.
- Dance to music at home.
- There are lots of online exercise videos or apps such as the couch to 5km to give you some guidance.
- Swimming can be a nice alternative to using the gym, there are a few outdoor pools in London which are particularly nice in warmer weather.
- Attend COVID-secure gym classes or exercise classes in local community centres.
- Going for long walks at the weekend is a good way to exercise and sight see.
- Some parks in London have organised walking groups.
Remember if you are new to exercise or have had a break for a while, it is important to start off gradually and build up the intensity and frequency of exercise over time to help prevent injuries. A good tip is to feel breathless but to still be able to speak but not in a full sentence. If you have any underlying medical problems or injuries, please speak to a healthcare professional before starting new exercise.