Some weeks, it’s hard to get enough structured exercise into your day-to-day routine. We understand life gets busy, but if you can’t get to the gym for your normal sessions, there are ways boost your activity levels.
What is incidental exercise? Here are some examples:
- Taking the stairs instead of the lift/escalator
- Walking to the shops/bus stop/train station
- Choosing to park the car further away
- Playing with your kids at a park
- Short bursts of gardening
- Cleaning around the house
- Standing up and moving around the office whilst at work
As trainers we are advocates of the structured exercise sessions, but incidental exercise can help to keep you mobile, burn energy and remain fit. Incidentals also keep different muscles and tendons in check, offer some variety to your existing routine and can be great ways to get outside in the fresh air
Research has found that as long as the activity is of a moderate intensity, it can have a positive impact on the health of older adults. As many non-communicable chronic health conditions are associated with physical inactivity, our goal is to get you active in whatever way possible.
Another bonus with incidental activity, is that you don’t need to set aside a big chunk of time to complete it. You can decide how you can inject bouts of movement into your day, and the smaller bouts often mean this type of activity is more manageable. So have a look at your day, what incidentals are you doing? Can you increase it all?