HOW TO MOVE MORE
12345Generally, a high-calorie diet goes hand in hand with an inactive lifestyle, paving the way for cardiovascular disease, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, stroke and other health problems.
If this sounds like you, it is time to take control of your health and take steps to become more active. Here are some handy hints to get you started: Wear a pedometer. Start with small goals such as 4000 steps a day, with your ultimate target 10,000 steps. Make it a rule not to waste time searching for a car park close to the shopping centre. Park further away and walk. At work, drink lots of water or herbal tea. Not only is this a healthy practice, but it will prompt you to get up out of your chair more frequently to go to the kitchen and the bathroom. If you have stairs at home, walk them twice each time you go up or downstairs. If you watch TV at night, set yourself a target to do 10 squats during each ad break, or even each time you go to the bathroom.
6Whenever you travel by bus, get off two stops early and walk the rest of the way. Always take the stairs instead of the escalator or lift. Stand up wherever you can – on the bus, at work, talking on your mobile – because standing uses more calories than sitting. Buy a bicycle and cycle instead of driving when going out locally. Get involved in a weekend walking group or team sport. By Kirsty Welsh, Fitness First Personal Trainer