- Being active doesn’t have to mean long hours at the gym. Burning off calories is easier when you are doing something you love - swimming, dancing, cycling, walking or gardening; even pushing a vacuum cleaner can help to keep you fitter and healthier.
- The great news is that you don’t have to do all your activity at once – several 10 minute bouts of moderately hard activity can add up to make your 30 minutes a day.
- Beyond being active, remaining flexible is really important. Yoga, Tai chi or Pilates are great forms of exercise that build core strength, flexibility, co-ordination and balance. Why not see if your local area has a class?
- After getting active, don’t undo all that good work with a high-calorie treat. If you feel hungry, why not have a piece of toast or a banana?
- It's also good to reduce the amount of time you spend being inactive – when watching TV get up and move around in every advert break, get up from your PC at regular intervals and try to use the stairs at work, in the house or when out and about.
Don't rush into doing lots of exercise – build up gradually. Remember that any exercise is better than none!