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Everyone can be active

Everyone can be active

Being active and exercising are not the same thing, though many people use the terms interchangeably. Exercise is a structured activity that is planned, repetitive, and has the purpose of improving or maintaining physical fitness. Being active, on the other hand, simply means moving your body and can include anything from taking a brisk walk to playing with your children/grandchildren at the park.

Despite the fact that being active requires no planning or equipment and can be done anytime, anywhere, many people still struggle to make it part of their daily routine. In this blog post, we’ll explore how everyone can be active, why being active is important, and some easy ways to get started today.

The Difference Between Being Active and Exercise

Like we mentioned before, exercise is a structured activity that is planned, repetitive, and has the purpose of improving or maintaining physical fitness. There are endless options when it comes to choosing an exercise routine, from weightlifting and running to yoga and dance classes. No matter what you choose, the key is to find something that you enjoy so that you’re more likely to stick with it long-term.

Being active, on the other hand, simply means moving your body. It doesn’t have to be planned or repetitive, and there’s no need to join a gym or buy fancy equipment (although you can if you want to). Some examples of activities that count as being active are walking the dog, riding your bike to work, taking the stairs instead of the lift, or even just standing up and stretching every few hours if you have a desk job. Basically, if you’re not sitting still for prolonged periods of time then you’re being active. The more active you can be, the bigger the benefits for you…

Why Being Active Matters

There are countless reasons why being active is good for you—both physically and mentally. A sedentary lifestyle has been linked with an increased risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and depression. On the other hand, regular physical activity has been shown to improve mental health by reducing stress levels, improving sleep quality, and increasing energy levels.

In addition to all of these health benefits, being active also makes it easier to socialize and meet new people. When you’re working out at the gym or taking a group fitness class, it’s easy to strike up a conversation with someone new. And if you’re participating in a team sport or outdoor activity like hiking or biking, you already have something in common with others in your group.

It’s also a secret weapon to help you through a tough time! With the current cost of living crisis we’re all under immense pressure day to day, but keeping active can be a fantastic way to let off some steam, look after your mental health and help you to be more resilient than ever.

Getting Started

Now that you know about the benefits of being active, it’s time to start making it part of your daily or weekly routine. If you’re able, this might be as simple as walking to work or taking the stairs instead of lift every day to add in 10-15 minutes of active movement into your routine. If you’re less able or unsure, the first step might be speaking to your doctor to create a plan of action that’s specific to your situation. 

No matter what your starting point is, once these active habits become part of your daily routine (which may take a few weeks or months), you can gradually increase the amount of time you’re active until you reach 30 minutes per day—or more if possible. The key is to generate momentum and do something regularly.

If finding time for 30 minutes of uninterrupted activity sounds daunting at first (and let’s be honest—it can be), try breaking it up into smaller chunks throughout the day. For example: take a 10-minute walk before breakfast; swap scrolling for a ‘walk and talk’ during your lunch break; then join a group activity or play with your children in the park after work. Just remember that every little bit counts!

Conclusion

Regular physical activity has countless benefits for our overall health—both physically and mentally—yet many people still struggle to make it part of their daily routine. In this blog post we explored the difference between being active and exercise as well as some easy ways to get started being more active today. Hopefully, we’ve shown you that being active is not something you have to work towards – you can start to live a more active lifestyle starting today!

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