If you found that your activity levels decreased substantially during lockdown, you’re not alone. Studies in the UK have shown step counts are down 50% as a result of not doing our daily commute or leaving the house as much as before.
Our daily movement plays a huge role in our physical and mental wellbeing so, with working from home and restrictions on socialising set to last for the foreseeable, it’s crucial we find ways to get moving again. Here are some simple, but effective ways to build movement into your new, normal routine…
- Set the tone for the day by getting a little exercise in as soon as you’re up. That could be some light stretching, a few yoga poses or some bodyweight squats and lunges by the side of your bed.
- Make a daily walk part of your routine. A 20-30 minute walk after breakfast is a wonderful way to clear your head and bring clarity to the day ahead. And, if you’re able to stick to it for a week, you’ll soon find that you don’t feel right without it!
- On the times you leave the house, try to take a longer route there or back; even just a loop around your streets can bump your step count up a little.
- When it’s time for your mid-afternoon tea break, pour it into a to-go cup and take a brisk walk around the block. Do the same for every phone call you make and before you know it, you’ll be moving twice as much as before!