Moving more is something that many of us need to do, including me. If you follow me on Instagram (@rachelpagenutrition) you might know that I began Couch to 5k at the start of November as my way of moving more given my job is largely desk based. I’m now on week 5 and am halfway through the programme.
It’s not always easy to get out of bed to put on my trainers but I know that keeping active is important for many reasons: to maintain heart health, to retain muscle mass that can melt away as we get older if muscles are unused or to help keep weight under control. But moving more doesn’t necessarily mean running. Activities including swimming, gardening or dancing all count and choosing to cycle or walk some or all of the times when you might otherwise drive is helpful too.
And as we get older to prevent that loss of muscle mass it can be helpful to do some weight bearing exercise whether in the gym, by using tins as weights at home or just using your own bodyweight as resistance. Whatever you choose to do, adding something small to your routine on a regular basis will bring you benefits in terms of strength, stamina and mental health.