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8 easy exercise swaps

Being healthy affects more than your appearance. Here are some simple ways to get more exercise.

Being more active in your daily life doesn’t have to mean a complete lifestyle change. Small steps every day can make a difference.

For 85% of Gen Ys without kids, physical appearance is a big motivator for better health, compared to 72% with children. But exercise has plenty of other benefits too – think improved mood, more energy, and reduced risk of disease.

Whether or not you have kids, here are some easy ways to get moving.

1. Swap online shopping for real-life shopping

Walking around the shops is the perfect exercise that doesn’t feel like exercise. Get your retail therapy (or, ahem, the groceries) out in the real world, and you’ll have all the more reason to feel good about your purchases.

2. Swap the couch for an exercise ball

Instead of lounging back while you watch TV, sit up on an exercise ball to stabilise your core and focus on your posture. You could even use the ad breaks to do a few simple abdominal exercises on the ball.

3. Swap the car for your bike

Put on your helmet and cycle to work or to the shops – it’s cheap, good for the environment and great for your mind and body.

4. Swap a nap for a walk

Feeling tired? Getting out in the fresh air and working up a bit of a sweat will give you more energy and refresh your mind.

5. Swap watching the kids play for playing with the kids

Get involved in the kids’ games. Running around with the little ones is a fun way to get your heart racing, and their energy and enthusiasm is contagious. Same goes for playing with pets!

6. Swap the lift for the stairs

You’ve heard it a million times – but how many of us actually do it? Walking up the stairs is an easy way to get your heart pumping, and maybe even tone your legs and glutes.

7. Swap Grand Theft Auto for Wii Fit

Get moving with a more active game and combine entertainment with light exercise. Even better if you play with a mate, or with the kids – a little friendly competition will get you working harder!

8. Swap a coffee date for a walk AND coffee date 

Meet a friend for a walk around the lake, the park or along the beach and then make your way to your favourite café. When you’re chatting away, getting active can be much more enjoyable.

 

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