Are You Getting Enough Physical Activity?

Yesterday’s post showed you how to calculate the amount of calories you need in accordance with the amount of physical activity you do: Know Your Calorie Requirements.

But are you doing enough physical activity? Many of us have non-active jobs which increase the likelihood of health problems in later life. Luckily, there are many simple ways to improve the amount of physical activity you get during the working day.

One way to improve physical activity level is to walk. If you already walk to work, pick up the pace. At 2.0mph the average person burns 176 calories less than if they walk at 4.0mph over an hour period. Get those arms swinging too, the more parts of the body you involve; the better it is for you!

While sitting at your desk, try calf raises or clenching those glutes! Simply sitting up straighter will help strengthen your abs too! If you are feeling particularly brave, swap your boring desk chair for a gym ball! You will be surprised how quickly you notice the difference!

If you take public transport to work, stand instead of sitting. You can even use the handles effectively like the hero in our picture.

Improve your health. The gym is everywhere.


About the Author

Job Role Sports Nutritionist and Social Media Coordinator Qualifications Bsc Sport and Exercise Science Steph has a competitive athletic background which spans 19 years. As a child she performed with the English Youth Ballet and had performed on the West End stage by the age of 10. Her enthusiasm for sport and fitness continued to grow as she did, encouraging her to learn more about nutrition and training. She began using her knowledge and personal experience to help others when she began coaching at the age of 16. From here, she went on to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex during which time she also received the Most Promising Newcomer Award from her University to mark her outstanding contribution to sport. During her first year of study she was introduced to partner stunt acrobatics and artistic gymnastics. After one year of dedicating herself to a lifestyle revolving around her sport, she was training with the best team in the UK who are currently ranked fifth in the world. Steph has worked in both the private and public sector coaching children and adults from grassroot to elite level as well as providing them with cutting edge advice on how to reach their goals. Steph has received awards for her choreography and has competed nationally and internationally meaning that she can back up her scientific knowledge with a wealth of experience. As our resident Sports Nutritionist, Steph is here to provide the most current and evidence based fitness, health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
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