What 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.