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There's lots of ways that you can squeeze a little more exercise or physical activity into your day-to-day routine.

It doesn't have to mean joining a gym, or taking part in an exercise class. In fact now, more than ever, we're all having to look at new ways of getting active.

Choosing how and when to get active is important - you want to make sure it is feasible and sustainable for you long term:

  • choose activities that are fun and you enjoy doing
  • think of times that suit you to be active
  • write down how good you felt the last time you did some activity and read it when you're feeling demotivated
  • plan active days with friends and family - but remember to observe social distancing
  • walking moves every major muscle in the body and is the easiest way to get active

Below are just a few ideas for every point in your day.

Get active when travelling

  • walk or cycle on the school run instead of going by car
  • park further from your destination and walk the rest of the way
  • get off the bus a few stops early and walk 
  • take the stairs instead of the lift
  • cycle or walk to work if it's not too far
  • walk or cycle to the shops if possible

Get active around the home and garden

  • wash the car with a sponge and bucket instead of a car wash
  • dance with the duster and vacuum cleaner
  • clean the windows using lots of elbow grease
  • mow the lawn and dig the garden
  • during TV adverts get up and move around
  • when talking on the phone stand up, march on the spot or walk around if possible