Whilst most of us know that taking exercise is good for our health and wellbeing, many of us find it tough to do it. Of course there are many reasons for this from being too busy or we just don’t like it. In fact only 1 in 20 of us is getting the amount of exercise the need to stay healthy.
So how much exercise is recommended that we take?
That will vary, however, according to the NHS choices website, it means:
- Adults need at least 150 minutes each week
- Children between 5 – 16 need at least 60 minutes each day
- Children under 5 need 3 hours a day
Taking exercise doesn’t have to mean joining a gym and pounding a treadmill. The exercise we take can be part of things we do every day. It’s always easier to do things we like and that are fun so try and incorporate activity into these kinds of things.
Here are a few ideas for easy ways to get going every day:
- Take up a hobby that gets you active – it’s always easier to do things we like
- Take up some free activities – walking and cycling offer great options
- Incorporate activity into your daily routine – take the stairs, park further away from your destination
- Get gardening – just remember to take care of your back!
- Dog Walking – Surprise the dog with more walks a day or longer walks – they’ll love it
- Clean the Car – save some money & get the kids to help out too
Remember: don’t over -do it when you get started. Just get your heart rate up for over 10 minutes or more, it will count towards your 150 active minutes a week. You can keep building up your time as you go.
A great way to get started is walking and around North London we have some great places to get out and about by ourselves, with family and take the dog too.
Just on our doorstep in Muswell Hill is Alexandra Park. In fact it is celebrating 150 years as a peoples’ park and there is celebration event in July to mark its 150th birthday.
The Park is conveniently located for the surrounding areas of Finchley, Highgate, Crouch End, Southgate, Enfield and Wood Green. So get going and take some exercise.