GETTING in your 10,000 steps, the distance we should all be walking every day for improved health, can seem daunting. It sounds like a lot. And between the commute, the nine hours most of us spend sitting at a desk, and that precious hour or two of spent in front of the television at the end of a long day, many of us struggle to see how we can find the time and space for exercise.
But you don’t have to be going for long hikes or spending two hours at the gym each morning — even small changes can have big health benefits. Here are 20 simple tips to help you build more activity into everyday life.
GET A LITTLE HELP FROM YOUR FRIENDS
Arranging to meet a friend to do something active “makes you accountable,” explains HSE physical activity coordinator Colm Casey. “If you’re going to go out walking on your own and something good comes on the television, you’re probably going to put it off. But if you have to meet with a friend for a walk at 6pm, you’re not going to want to let them down.”