Exercise comes in various types and mixing activities is a good way of keeping things fresh, while also reaping the benefits. We should be getting at least 30 minutes of exercise 5 times a week, but this doesn’t need to be continuous for the whole time. A bout of exercise is classed as anything over 10 minutes of continuous exercise.
We all know physical activity is good for us and as a nation we should be moving more. There are many different methods of physical activity, but all are beneficial in some way. Benefits can include;
- Increased cardiovascular efficiency
- Stronger musculoskeletal system
- Psychological effects
- Social effects
You can burn calories, lose weight and feel great in the comfort of your own home! This is an excellent solution for those who lead busy lives or when the weather is bad. There are plenty of home workouts available, both online and available to buy on DVD or blu-ray. Some are as quick as 8 minute abs and others that last for 60 minutes, providing a full body workout. There are a variety of exercise styles available too such as aerobics, dance, combat, interval, circuits and weight training, have a browse online. Aside from home workouts there are the everyday tasks that can get your heart rate up too, hoovering is a great way to work up a sweat, gardening, taking the bins out also.
The great outdoors; if you live near a park or have your own garden, use it!
Find a patch of green and get working! You can do stationary exercise such as star/lunge jumps or core exercises like planks – all of these work you hard and challenge your body! Parks are also great for jogging and fresh air, many organise fun runs of varying distances at the weekend whilst others have outdoor gym equipment available to use for free, so check out your local park to see how you can get involved. Tennis courts also pop up in public parks and are often free to use so as long as you have a racket and ball then the court is all yours.