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Whether you just don’t have the time to go out and join a group, or you’re not used to being active so want to try and build your confidence at home, there are loads of things you can do to start moving more in your everyday life, and improve your health and wellbeing. Every little bit of movement we can build into our day will make a difference, so don’t worry if you don’t know where to start or don’t feel you can commit to a new activity. Hopefully these quick tips can set you off in the right direction, towards making movement a regular habit in your everyday life.
Build exercise into your life gradually. Whether it’s a walk around the block or a home exercise DVD, start small and build up your stamina and your confidence over time. Your body and your mind will thank you in the long term. Do too much too soon and you’re at risk of injury. And if everything starts to hurt, you’re less likely to carry on!
Make it part of your day
Just like brushing your teeth or showering, it’s important to make exercise a part of your day. Whether it’s first thing in the morning, at lunchtime or just after you’ve put the kids to bed, schedule exercise into your day and give yourself some ‘me time’.
Keep it varied
Try different exercises at different times of the day. That way you’ll stay interested and keep coming back for more. To start with you could take a handful of exercises from our 3-a-day exercise suggestions, and see which ones fit best with your daily routine.
Have your kit ready to go
If you need any kit or special clothing for your exercise, lay it out the night before, or pack your gym bag so it’s ready for the next day. Be prepared and you’re more likely to stick with the workout/session you’ve got planned.
In order to help you start moving more in your everyday life, Everyday Active has created the "three-a-day" approach to becoming more active. If you can start moving more just three times a day, for a couple of minutes at a time, this can start to form the habit of a more active lifestyle. Just like your five-a-day of fruit of vegetables, this can be your three-a-day of moving more.