Top tips for adding more exercise to your day

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Two women walking - the woman on the left is a teen with cerebral palsy using a walker, she is wearing work out clothes and her hair is in a pony tail. On the right is a woman who is wearing a long sleeve top and black pants. They are walking on a path past a green hedge.
 
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You don’t need to just go to the gym to be active and give your body the exercise and movement it needs.

The power of ‘incidental’ exercise is huge. What kind of exercise is that? It’s where you increase your physical activity outside of your time spent in the gym or pool.

There is plenty of evidence to suggest that increasing your incidental exercise will lead to more positive health outcomes, like increased energy, improved metabolic rate and improved weight management.

And we are all so different, so the exercises we can and need to do can be different. It’s all about picking the right exercises for you. Our Exercise Physiologists are on hand to help you with the best exercise for your body, but there are some simple tips to help you move more every day:

  • Put on a pedometer or find the right App for your phone – use it every day to see how far you have walked or wheeled. You can even use it to count your seated marching. We suggest you aim for a pre-determined total of steps/ revolutions (do this in consultation with your Exercise Physiologist).
  • Park further away from your end location or hope off the bus a stop early so you need to walk or wheel that little bit more.
  • Perform five sit to stand every time you transfer out of your seat/ chair (imagine how many extra sit to stand you will perform in a year). Or maybe seated push ups are more suited for you. Or maybe both.
  • Stretch while watching TV – you could burn up to 230 calories in one hour of stretching.
  • Socialise on your feet or wheels Instead of meeting a friend at your favorite cafe, why not grab your coffee to go and take a walk or wheel around.

No matter what your level of fitness or incidental exercise, our team of friendly and professional exercise physiologists are on hand to help you add more movement into your day.

Head to our Fitness and Sports pages for Children and for Teens and Adults.