Alternative ways to keep fit
Exercise for both outdoors and in, with resident expert Anna...
Now that lockdown restrictions have eased and everyone can venture outside a lot more, we thought we’d give you some exercise options for outside as well as in.
Our resident expert Anna (pictured) is back with some great suggestions on how you can keep fit in a variety of ways… and they’re all really easy to do. Why not give them a try!? (But remember, do them at your own pace)
Dancing: There are many health benefits to dancing, including muscular strength, stronger bones and a reduced risk of osteoporosis, so it’s a great way to keep fit.
Ageing Better Middlesbrough member Caroline said: “Over the last few months, it seemed all of the days rolled in to one. However, that helped me get into a routine.
“Between 4pm and 5pm every day I’ve been listening to a 60’s radio station on my TV. For a full hour I dance around my living room because it’s really liberating.”
In the coming months, see if you can find dancing groups in your area, or invite a friend over for a ‘distanced dance exercise party’ and boogie to your favourite tunes.
Walking Challenges: While out walking, set yourself a challenge. For example, don’t go home until you’ve seen 10 varieties of birds in the trees or seen 20 varieties of flowers in the park.
You could also try and increase you speed between 2 lamp posts or pick up your pace to the next bench. Challenging your body to go faster and slower in intervals will help with your fitness levels.
Gardening: Pushing a lawn mower counts as moderate intensity aerobic activity, as does putting out the washing or kneeling to pot plants. Doing a good days gardening will certainly help to keep you fit.
Yoga: Yoga is a great exercise to improve both your physical and mental wellbeing. It also helps to develop strength, balance and flexibility, so there’s plenty of reasons to give it a go. Have a look at YouTube for some great instructional videos.
In the home: Whilst at home why not roll up a newspaper and keep a balloon in the air by hitting it? You can do this in your chair and it soon works up a sweat.
You could also use your stairs for extra exercise. Several people have completed challenges using their own staircases during lockdown – like walking the height of Everest!
How about trying the height of the transporter bridge (68m) over a few days? That’s approximately 26 times climbing an average staircase.
Oh…and let us know how you get on!