Go For Mini Walks
Don’t have time for the recommended 30- to 60-minute daily walk? Build a few 10- to 20-minute bursts into your day instead. “If I could tell people to make just one change to their daily routine, factoring in mini walks would be it,” says Pete Hovell. “They really add up!”
Track Your Steps
A good fitness tracker or smart watch is like a personal trainer on your wrist and can help you stay accountable to your fitness goals. “If it gets to 5pm and you can see that you’ve only notched up 1,000 steps, it might give you that extra push to go on a clip around the block before dinner,” says Pete Hovell.
Shop the best fitness trackers
- The Altius
Multisport Smart Watch not only keeps score of your daily steps (and
calories burnt), it will also tally your running, cycling, climbing or pool
- Your one-stop fitness shop, the Fitbit
Charge 4 displays your exercise route and pace as you go with a built-in
- The Activity app on the Apple
Watch SE GPS 40 has a three-ring display that offers daily reports on
how often you stand, how much you move, and how many minutes of exercise
you’ve clocked up.
Do Two Things At Once
Increase your incidental exercise by skipping on the spot while you wait for the kettle to boil, or march in place while you binge-watch your favourite show on Netflix.
Hit The Treadmill At Home
Shop Home Gym Equipment
- The BH Fitness T200 Treadmill will up the ante with its automatic incline feature.
- Tricky knees an issue? The low-impact BH Fitness Crystal 2.0 Program Elliptical has a long stride length to help you close in on those step goals.
- Perfect for smaller spaces, the BH Fitness RunLab Treadmill can fold up and hide under the bed between power walks.
Double Down On Housework
Stretch out completing your laundry by putting one piece of clean washing away, one item at a time, room by room. Steam mop floors every other day and rev up your usual vacuum rota with a model that’s actually fun to use.
Shop The Latest Stick Vacuums
Breathe easier with the powerful Samsung BESPOKE Jet Complete Extra Cordless Vacuum: its five-layer filtration system captures up to 99.999 per cent of your home’s fine dust particles and allergens.
Light and nimble and a blast to use, you’ll have to fight the kids over clean-up duty with the Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum.
Forget pulling tangled hair and fibres from your vacuum brush. The Electrolux Well Q7 Stick Vacuum has an internal self-clean blade mechanism that does the job for you.
Take A Podcast For A Walk
Is walking outside a bore? Plug in your headphones and tune in to an engrossing podcast. Time will fly.
Walk While You Wait
Stuck on an endless hold waiting for customer service? Stomp around the house until you get connected (then tell them how many steps you had to wait!).
Set Family Challenges
Motivation shared is motivation squared. Harness your competitive streak and bond with family (or friends) by inviting them to conquer exercise goals via a smart watch or fitness app (such as the government’s 10,000 Steps app).