Moving for at least 30 minutes a day makes a big difference to your health and wellbeing. It also helps lift your mood. So try to make time for it and be a conscious of moving a little more each day.
You don’t need to go to the gym or run a marathon, you just need to take a few more steps and move a little bit more than you did yesterday.
Tips to help you get moving
- Why not break your 30 minutes of moving into three 10-minute sessions. You don’t even need to leave home. You could walk up and down the hallway or your driveway for 10 minutes, or walk from the front door to the gate and back half a dozen times.
- While you’re doing that, admire the trees and plants, listen to the birds and be mindful of your senses. Or think about how to make your next meal more colourful.
- To make movement more interesting, mix things up a bit. Try strengthening your muscles and bones by lifting a can of tomatoes or baked beans 10 times with each arm.
- Better still, find a buddy and get out together. Walk to the cafe for a coffee or cup of tea, sit up and down on a bench 10 times – a bus stop is perfect for this– or park your car a couple of streets away from the shopping centre and walk there.
Moving more will help you enjoy your food more, put you in a brighter mood and make it easier to deal with your routine of medications and testing.
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