If the gym’s not your thing...
have already mentioned not using the lift and getting off the bus early, so what else can you do if you don’t want to hit the gym.
Well, love it or loathe it, housework is a great way to get fit.
Giving your home a thorough vacuuming can burn on average 190 calories an hour. Follow up with washing the car by hand for half an hour (180 calories) and a little light dusting (70 calories) and you will have a clean home, sparkling car and be healthier for it.
Aside from exercise, watching what you eat is key to health and fitness.
During large sporting events, such as the World Cup, we can consume up to 2,500 extra calories per game, courtesy of those match-day nibbles and drinks.
For example, three pints of premium lager adds 1,000 extra calories, an average pepperoni pizza contains around 1,500 calories and a bag of crisps for luck is at least 130 per bag.
If that is not frightening enough, consider that even if England hadn’t got beyond the first three matches, that’s a staggering 7,500 calories just for the opening round.
LA Fitness Director, Mark Talley said: “Drinking lager and eating unhealthy food is likely to pile fat in trouble areas leading to beer bellies and love handles.”
As with everything, moderation is the key. However, if you can’t resist a few treats, try a detox after the competition.
Mark said: “That means eliminating alcohol, caffeine and processed foods and replacing them with fruit and vegetables, fresh foods and water.
“Combine a bit of simple dietary discipline with regular exercise, during which you will sweat out some of the toxins you have accumulated.”
You can find out whether or not you are match fit with a new NHS World Cup Fitness tool.
Viewers can test their match fitness and see how they compare to fans from around the world, such as Germany and Argentina.
The tool encourages adults to become more active, and even offers players the chance to see how much they would be worth in today’s transfer market by answering simple health questions.
Public health minister Anne Milton said: “This aims to get people thinking about simple changes in their life, like eating a better diet or joining a Sunday league football team.
“Everyone who plays stands a chance to win a tour of Wembley and tickets to England matches, courtesy of the FA.”
To find out more, visit www. nhs.uk