How to Build More Activity into Life at Home
Posted: Tue, 06 Jul 2021 16:08
If you've not been able to exercise during lockdown, now is a great time to get more active around your home.
Health experts recommend you build more activity into your day and while you're getting about at home. Simple exercises will help improve your muscle tone, build your core strength and help your balance.
Building your strength in a way that will help you get the most out of lockdown lifting and getting back to doing the things you love and enjoying them with the people you love.
To get more active at home and to find a way to fit more activity into your lifestyle and level of fitness, these are great sources of ideas:
- For simple starter ideas to keep your muscles active: www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/free-fitness-ideas/ or www.nhs.uk/better-health/get-active/home-workout-videos/
- For older adults who find exercising difficult or don't know where to start: www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/health-wellbeing/exercise/
- For children or older adults or for people with long-term mental or physical health conditions or a disability: www.sportengland.org/jointhemovement?section=get_active_at_home
- For local walking or cycling ideas: www.itravelyork.info/walk-cycle and Walking and cycling which navigates through to walking maps etc.
- Resources to help you stay physically active after discharge from hospital, as well as for general activity: https://www.csp.org.uk/keepactive
- A 'Get Active Guide' for people to build activity into their lives and who love to be active: https://www.csp.org.uk/system/files/001495_lovehate_easy_exer.guide_003.pdf
- Did you know it takes less than an hour a day's walking to hit 1000 miles in 12 months? That doing so dramatically boosts your immunity and cuts your risk of diabetes, heart attack, obesity, stroke and depression? Walk 1000 Miles
- Follow any medical advice you've been given
- Do what you can and start slowly. It's fine to push yourself a little, but don't do anything that feels uncomfortable.
- Stop if you feel any pain or are lightheaded, and rest and stay hydrated.
- A little soreness after exercise is normal for the first day or two.