We all know that over the last few decades, with the invention of machinery and modern day technology our lives are easier. We have as a society become more sedentary. The average Brit sits around 9.5 hours a day, then another 7 – 8 hours sleeping, our bodies are only active for around 7.5 hours a day. How do we make sure we incorporate more exercise in to our lives? Here are some guidelines to assist you:
- Move more – if you sit for your job, set an alarm to get up and move every 30 mins
- Get outdoors in your lunch hour – take a walk, try a 30 mins class.
- Fit exercise in to your diary – book it in like you would a meeting, making you accountable
- Struggle to motivate yourself after work? Either set the alarm earlier and get up and exercise or join a class in the evenings where you will be working with other people to push and motivate. If this fails, then using a personal trainer will help.
- Arrange to meet friends at the weekend and get outdoors – cycle, walk, join a class or try a new activity together
- Use an activity tracker – aim for minimum of 10,000 steps a day
- If you have kids – do an activity with them
- Download an exercise app that is easy to follow – you can find some that do 10 min workouts
How do you prevent injuries:
- Always warm up efficiently to mimic the activity you will be doing, preparing the muscles, soft tissue and cardiovascular system for exercise.
- Perform static stretches as part of your cool down, allowing the heart rate to decrease and allow muscles to lengthen after the exercise to help with flexibility.
- If you feel pain or discomfort whilst exercising – stop, seek advice from a Dr, Physiotherapist or soft tissue therapist
- If coming back in to exercise after injury seek a rehabilitation program from an experienced physio or personal trainer
- Hire a personal trainer to check your form, even if it’s a 1 off session to check your lifting techniques
- Keep hydrated throughout
- Avoid exercise if you are under the weather
- If you are tired be careful
- Avoid exercising whilst using painkillers or anti – inflammatories
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