There's no disputing it: to be
healthy, you need to be active. But with all the
conveniences of our modern lifestyle, more and more
of us are living an increasingly sedentary life and
putting our health in jeopardy. In fact, physical
inactivity is as dangerous as smoking!
HERE'S WHAT THE EXPERTS RECOMMEND:
• Plan ahead. Until physical
activity becomes a natural and important part of
your day, you have to plan to fit it in. Pick a time
of day that suits your lifestyle and your schedule.
Morning, afternoon, or evening-it really doesn't
matter. Experiment and find a comfortable routine.
• Make haste slowly. In the early
stages of a programme, concentrate on participating
regularly and enjoying yourself. Don't rush or force
things. Look for improvement over the long-term, not
• Look for a 'lift'. People who
exercise regularly say their sessions leave them
relaxed, refreshed – and more energetic. Research
also shows that activity has a positive effect on
mood. Short bouts of activity lead to significant,
temporary decreases in tension, depression, and
get down. It's natural to miss sessions from time to
time. Work or family responsibilities may get in the
way. And if you're tired, it's sometimes better to
take a day off. When you do miss a session, start
planning for your next outing. Don't feel as though
you've failed this time.
have fun. Pursue activities for reasons that are
important to you -enjoyment,
whatever. Few people stick with an activity
programme just because it's good for them.