Our bodies were designed to move. The British Heart Foundation recommends 10,000 steps to keep in good health, but most Britons take a mere 4,500 steps a day. An hour of well-paced walking can burn as many as 400 calories and research has shown that walking a mere 30-60 minutes a day can help you to lose weight without changing any other part of our daily routine. So why not give it a try?
There is no excuse to be inactive, even when you're sitting at home. Take advantage of the advert breaks when watching your favourite TV programmes by jumping up off the sofa and filling the time with exercise. You can march or jog in place, do crunches, jumping jacks and even squeeze in a set of lunges or push-ups. Or better still, turn off the TV and get down to the gym instead. Your body will thank you for it!
When it comes to healthy eating, changing too much too fast can get in the way of long-term success. Instead of completely revamping your diet, try starting with some modest changes that add up to positive, life-long eating habits. It might not feel like you're doing much, but it all adds up and can really help get the scales moving.