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5 tips to be more active every day

We all know that fitting exercise into a busy day can be challenging. But it doesn’t have to be!

Here are five simple tips from the exercise physiologists at Life! that can help you move more every day

1. Use your commute time

Travelling to work, university or the shops? Whenever you can, ditch the car and walk, cycle or jog all or even part of the way. It’s a win win: you reach your destination and get some exercise under your belt.

2. Socialise on the move

Catching up with friends? Change things up and take a walk round the park, join a dance class or try a game of tennis. Physical activity doesn’t always mean hard work!

3. Limit screen time

Tablets, phones and television can suck up a lot of our free time. Before you pick up a screen, get moving. Set a timer and do some vigorous cleaning, take a walk around the block, or even do some stretches.  If you aim for 10 minutes three times a day you’re hitting the mark, and then you can reward yourself with some screen time.

4. Workout while you wait

Many parents spend a lot of time waiting on the sidelines at sporting practice. Bring your sneakers and go for a power walk around the ground, courts or field– it’s also a great way to show your kids that exercise is important!

5. Sign up for an event

Having an event to aim for can focus the mind and motivate you to get out there. Ask a friend to register for a fun run or walk with you and you’ll have a training buddy to keep you on track.


Interested in more healthy tips?

The Life! program can help. Life! is a free healthy lifestyle program that helps you reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Run by health professionals, you can choose to do a group course or telephone health coaching.

Visit the Life! website or call 13 RISK (13 74 75) to discuss your eligibility for the program.

 

Last updated: February 21, 2019 at: 2:55 pm

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