Increasing your activity level

Most of us are quite sedentary in recent years, we work from desks for a great portion of the day which can make being active a challenge. Conscious effort to increase your activity level can go a long way to improving general fitness and health.

When I provided the definitions of different levels of activity earlier in the book, I noted approximately how many steps each category took on a given day. I was very happy to find the study that proposed this; you may have noticed that a significant number of the other factors aren’t under our direct control, not everyone wants to quit their job and find a more physically demanding one in order to improve their fitness!

Steps are simple and easily measurable, you can download an app such as google fit and begin tracking your daily steps immediately. Lots of us work too much, think too much and don’t move enough; there’s nothing like a long walk to clear your thoughts, stretch your legs and get some fresh air.

Whilst increasing activity level goes a long way to better health, additional exercise that strengthens our muscles, bones and cardiovascular systems are very beneficial to our health and quality of life.

ACTION POINT
Use a pedometer or download an app on your phone and track your steps. Compare this to your activity level. Aim for a minimum of 10,000 steps each day.