Starting with the day-to-day routine, one of the healthiest and easiest ways to meet the 150-minute activity target is by swapping driving and public transport with walking whenever possible – walk to the shops, hop off public transport early and brisk walk the rest of the way, go for a walk with friends before dinner.
Just think, briskly walking only an extra ten minutes to and from work stacks up over five days to 100 healthy minutes’ exercise. A 15 minute jog 4 times a week and you’ve exceeded the recommended minimum of 150 minutes a week…wasn’t that hard was it?! Hooking up to trot with a neighbour or colleague who travels a similar route is companionable and helpfully motivating. Cold, dark, winter mornings? Well, weathering the weather is infinitely more stimulating and a lot less agonising than cursing the traffic.
Written by Ruth Tongue