Be Active – Tips For Adults

Becoming active can easily be incorporated into your everyday life. Remember to follow the 4 Physical Activity Guidelines for adults:

  • think of movement as an opportunity, not an inconvenience
  • be active every day in as many ways as you can
  • put together at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most, preferably all, days
  • if you can, also enjoy some regular, vigorous exercise for extra health and fitness

Below are just some ideas that will help you get on the right path to becoming active.

At Work

  • take the stairs instead of the lift
  • go for a walk at lunch time
  • get off the bus, train or tram one stop early and walk the rest of the way
  • park the car 15 minutes away and walk the rest of the way
  • get together with some workmates and form a sports team

At Home

  • limit time in front of the TV or computer
  • jobs like cleaning and gardening still count
  • have fun with your children – go to a park or playground and be active
  • walk or cycle to the shops
  • take the dog for a walk

At Play

  • be active with friends – go for a regular walk and finish at a cafe
  • have a go at something you’ve always wanted to try – golf, dancing, netball or volleyball
  • plan active outings for the family such as swimming or bush walking
  • join a gym or leisure centre
  • try a Yoga, Tai Chi or Pilates class

Remember to

  • start slowly and remember to warm up before exercising
  • gradually increase your physical activity level
  • wear comfortable flat soled shoes

And consult your doctor before you start if you have any health concerns or you’ve been inactive for some time.

Getting and staying motivated

To stay motivated it’s important you find an activity that you enjoy and that matches your level of fitness. Also, try to:

  • vary your activities so you develop new interests
  • set a physical activity goal and work towards it
  • make your goals realistic – start with small goals and then build up slowly
  • involve a friend, it’s more fun and can help keep you motivated
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