The NHS* says that to keep healthy, adults should try to be active daily and aim to achieve at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week through a variety of activities. They suggest you work at a ‘moderate rate’, which means you can still talk but can’t sing the words to a song.
There are so many activities to choose from we have put together a round up our favourites and hope they will be something that inspires you to put your screen down, and trainers on.
Let’s start with swimming. Whether you swim competitively or just for fun, the in pool, sea or river is a great place to get active. As well as raising your heartbeat, it strengthens your muscles and improves your general fitness levels. It can be a sociable sport if you go with a friend or join a club and because it is low impact, it is pretty much perfect for anyone.
Wimbledon might be over for another year, but you can take up tennis at anytime. Go with family or friends, book a court or just knock a ball about in the park. The brilliant thing about tennis is you can play in all weather thanks to indoor courts.
Baseball and softball might be synonymous with America, but they are a brilliant way to have fun and get fit. Organise a game with friends at a local park, maybe after work, and you will be amazed at how many people want to come along and get involved.
If you live near the river, how about rowing? This is an all over, aerobic exercise that gets the heart beating and lungs pumping. There are clubs around the country and courses are popping up all over the place. Go on, give it a go, you might like it and you can even get on the water even when it is snowing!
Cycling is a fantastic way to get in shape. You might not have been on two wheels since you were a kid, but you never forget how to ride a bike. Go out with a friend or join a local group and find your pace. You can go for a road bike, hybrid model or go off road on a mountain bike. Whatever you do, make sure the bike is the right size for you, you have a puncture kit with you at all times and please, please, please wear a helmet.
If you live by the sea, or are going on holiday, how about trying surfing or paddle boarding? These are low impact sports that are great for building core strength and they are the perfect way to get some sea air into your lungs.
You might not want to do this in the heat of the midday sun, but running is another option to think about. All you need are a pair of decent trainers and, well that’s it. Start slowly and build your distance and speed and you’ll be amazed at the progress you make. Going with a friend can make you accountable and having an end goal, like a charity event, can be a massive incentive. Don’t compete with anyone but yourself and feel those endorphins make you feel amazing.
Golf, yoga, football, skateboarding, rugby, badminton, cricket, the list goes on, so find something you love it and go for gold.