Get up and move! It’s easier than you think

Are you sitting down right now? Most of us sit down for a lot of our lives: in class, at work, in the taxi or at home. It might feel pretty natural and comfortable. But sitting is actually really bad for us! It can put us at risk of all kinds of problems, like diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.

The opposite of sitting – getting up and moving around – is very good for us. Exercise can even protect us against cancer, heart disease and depression. Plus, it can help us sleep better at night and give us more energy in the daytime.

It’s always a good idea to move regularly. That goes for everyone, no matter your size or shape or fitness level. Moving doesn’t have to mean going to a gym or lifting weights or playing a sport. Just moving as part of your daily life can do great things for you.

Five easy ways to start moving more:

1.       Take the stairs rather than the lift.

2.       Don’t just sit during breaks and lunchtimes. Take a walk around with your friends.

3.       Doing housework is a good way to keep moving and get something done! If you hate chores, put on some music and dance while you work.

4.       Move while you’re doing something chilled like reading or watching TV. Lift your legs up and down, do sit-ups, or jog on the spot for a minute at a time.

5.       Whenever you talk on the phone, stand up and move around.

Aim to move for at least 30 minutes per day – but even less than that is still much better than nothing! For more ways to make exercise part of your life, read our article How to exercise regularly and stick to it.

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