Active Living: A simple way to increase your daily activity without exercising

C4L_master logoWhat is active living? Active living is a healthy way of life that integrates physical activity into daily routines. You can start small and build your way up to reaching the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity per day without scheduled exercise. This can be achieved in many different ways that are appropriate for most people regardless of age or current fitness level. The idea is that small changes make a big difference. Below we’ve listed some simple and easy ideas to live actively:

  • Take the stairs instead of the lift (build up gradually and hold on to the rail if need be)
  • Walk up the escalators rather than stand (same as above)
  • Walk to your destination or get off the bus/tube/train one stop early to walk a shorter distance.
  • Cycle or run to work (start of slowly, walking intermittently if necessary)
  • Leave your desk at lunch (eat on another floor or in good weather, outside)
  • Stand whilst on the phone at work
  • Have standing or walking meetings at work
  • Where appropriate, walk to a colleagues desk instead of emailing
  • Invest in or construct a DIY standing desk for home or office use

–        In general, reduce the time you spend doing sedentary activities! Time spent watching television, reading and being on the computer can all add up. Try to swap some of these sedentary activities for more active ones like going for a walk with friends or dancing for the night. Gardening, walking the dog, strenuous housework/DIY, carrying the weekly shop home, playing with children and sightseeing are all part of active living.

Being more physically active can greatly reduce your risk of getting cancer and coupled with other lifestyle changes such as stopping smoking, a healthier diet, sun awareness and drinking less alcohol your risk decreases further for cancer and other preventable diseases. Click maintaining a healthy lifestyle for more information on our website.

UCL Centre for Behaviour Change Conference 2015: Harnessing Digital Technology for Health Behaviour Change

Last month Justin Webb, (Macmillan Physical Activity Engagement Manager) attended the University College London Behaviour Change Conference ‘Harnessing Digital Technology for Health Behaviour Change’. At the event Justin presented a poster display on the development of a behaviour change intervention which provided perfect opportunity to share our work and ideas with academics and industry members from the digital health behavior change arena.

The unique conference brought together the science of behaviour change and eHealth expertise across disciplines to all those interested in developing and evaluating digital interventions and products. The Centre for Behaviour Change is a unique initiative, harnessing the breadth and depth of academic expertise in behaviour change at UCL to address key challenges facing society.

The conference included keynotes, symposia, round tables, rapid fire presentations, posters and networking events bringing cutting-edge evidence, theory and methods to business and developers of technology, policy makers and researchers.

Here is what Justin had to say about the event:

“The conference was very well attended with delegates from academia, the public, private and third sector organisations. Our poster presented the development of a behaviour change intervention to improve the delivery of very brief physical activity advice by nurses to people living with cancer. This intervention is based on theory and evidence. There seemed to be a real interest in our work with many people wanting more information. We are now testing the feasibility of this training intervention, which if successful, will be followed by a small pilot programme to fully test the efficacy of the intervention and its impact on the physical activity levels of people living with and beyond cancer.”

Justin & CBC PosterHere is the PDF of our impressive UCL CBC Conference Poster