Getting health benefits from physical activity is easier than you think, and it can be FREE!
Doing at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity activity is enough to keep you feeling fit and healthy. You’ll get there by exercising for 30 minutes, 5 times a week. Can’t find 30 minutes in your busy schedule? It’s okay to break things up. Two 15-minute workouts or three 10-minute workouts are just as effective.
Find something you enjoy that you can easily build into your lifestyle, or build on something that’s already part of your routine.
Here are some tips for getting active the free way!
Walking is one of the best forms of exercise because it’s cheap and accessible to most people.
Increasing the amount you walk is simpler than you might think. You can make it a social affair by walking with a friend or joining a local walking group.
Walking stimulates the cardiovascular system: the heart, lungs and circulation. It also boosts the endurance of the lower muscles, including the legs and hips.
Check out the organised Health Walks in Kettering.to meet likeminded people!
Read more about walking for health, including tips on walking to boost your health, making walks fun and staying motivated.
You could also try the free Active 10 app to help you get into the habit of walking briskly for 10 minutes everyday.
Running and Jogging
Running makes more demands on your body than walking, so if you’re just starting out, you should build up the speed and duration of your runs gradually.
We have some beautiful countryside to run in the Kettering and Corby area, so why not take a look at some existing running routes, and start tracking your own?
If you’re thinking about taking up running for the first time or have been inactive for a while, you may find running tips for beginners useful.
Thousands of people have learned to run using the NHS Couch to 5K podcast. The plan is designed to get complete beginners running 5km in 9 weeks.
Cycling is an aerobic exercise that works your lower body and cardiovascular system.
As with running or walking, you can make cycling a social activity by riding with friends, family or a cycling group. Plenty of inspiration for where to cycle can be found here!
For some more ideas local to Kettering and Corby, there’s some brilliant cycling routes listed here too.
For tips for complete beginners, see cycling for beginners.
How are you going to exercise for free?
Hopefully you’ll be inspired by some of these free suggestions to get moving more, and also get your family and friends involved, too!
Let us know what you decide to try out!