You no longer have to aim for 10,000 steps a day to stay healthy – a brisk 10-minute walk is just as good, according to official new advice1.
Public Health England (PHE)2 and the Royal College of GPs said focusing on time, rather than distance or quantity of steps, can reduce the risk of early death by up to 15%. One in five middle-aged adults are said to be physically inactive, meaning they do less than 30 minutes of physical activity a week. The official recommendation is for adults to carry out at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a week.
Professor Paul Cosford, Medical Director at PHE, said: “Managing all the pressures of everyday life can mean that exercise takes a back seat, but building a brisk walk into your daily routine is a simple way to get more active.”
If you are not able to be active as such on a daily basis, what can you do to ensure you are still enjoying an “Active Wellness” lifestyle?
Create a list of the activities you would like to do, such as walking, aerobics, tennis, or taking a class at a fitness or community centre. You are more likely to stay active if you choose activities you enjoy. A brisk walk around the park wearing the Nikken mStrides in your shoes may offer you an ultimate re-energising environment with the help of the most innovative DynaFlux® Magnetic Technology.
Do you have a desk job, which means you are not moving as much everyday? Avoid sitting for longer than 30 minutes at a time. If you work in an office, you may spend hours at your desk each day. Just getting up and moving around a little every 30 minutes can get you blood pumping and increase your activity level. Try the Nikken KenkoSeat® II, a fantastic product designed to provide comfort while seated and may even help with your posture.
Skip conveniences like delivery and food shopping pickup services.Every time you have someone else do something for you, such as deliver food or shop for your groceries, you’re losing out on activity you could be doing yourself. When you have the time, do it yourself instead. Additionally, part of staying fit is eating a healthy diet, so make sure you’re consuming plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins.
Take the stairs instead of the lift.Little changes like this one can help you stay fit without setting aside a specific time for exercise.
Keep your energy levels up and help your body rest and recover from everyday activities by getting 7-9 hours of sleep every night.