Keeping a healthy weight reduces the risk of many serious health conditions – including 13 different types of cancer. Getting more active is a great way to help maintain a healthy weight and to reduce stress, increase energy levels and reduce the risk of dementia and depression. The more active you are, the better – whether that’s walking, jogging, or online workout classes.
As Runners Need customers we know you know how beneficial an active lifestyle can be, so advocating and encouraging others to get more active plays an important role too. Just 30 minutes of moderate physical activity 5 times a week – anything that gets you warm and a bit out of breath counts – can make a big difference.
Saying it is the easy part right? But how can people looking to get more active make changes that are easy to stick to every day? That’s the harder bit. Here are some top tips:
• Make small changes that build activity into your routine
Pick times in your week where you can add more activity. It could be walking or cycling all or part of the way to work or the shops, taking the stairs instead of the lift, or taking your lunch break or calls on the move. It’s more likely to become a habit if you’re doing it in the same place at the same time.
• Set a goal and track your progress
There’s evidence that monitoring how you’re getting on can help you keep up a change in the long term. There are a range of apps that can help you do this too – find what works best for you. Or why not make taking part in an organised event your goal?
• Buddy up with friends or family
Discover new ways to spend time getting active with the people around you, and you’ll find having others around is a great way to keep each other motivated.
For more tips and information on how to keep a healthy weight visit Cancer Research UK’s website.