TOP TIPS TO GET STARTED WITH EXERCISE
The Department of Health recommends that adults should aim to be active daily and complete 2.5hrs of moderate-intensity activity over a week – the equivalent of 30mins five times a week. It may seem overwhelming at first but everyone has to start from somewhere, so don’t make that first step a daunting prospect.
1First of all, find something you enjoy. Exercise doesn’t have to be limited. Any kind of movement is good for the soul.
2Establish a routine that works for you. You will have a greater chance of sticking to it if it fits in easily around your schedule.
3Make it alone time or social time.
It may be that you’re seeking solitude or the togetherness that comes from working out in a group. Either one can lift the spirits
4Find the right environment.
For example, if you’re feeling self-conscious, a female-only gym or a larger outdoor group might help you to overcome that barrier.
5Work at a pace that
suits you. Don’t feel pressured to exercise to exhaustion if that’s not what you want to achieve.
6Make it practical.
Whether that’s fitting in the right amount of time or choosing an affordable option, make sure it’s not adding any unnecessary stress to your life.
7Start slow and steady and set achievable
goals. Remember these are your goals, not someone else’s, so make them motivating for you – they can be as big or small as you like.
8Get out and about
when you can. Even if it’s just a daily lunchtime walk, research suggests that doing physical activity in an outdoor, ‘green’ environment has greater positive effects on wellbeing than indoors.