#ActiveApril - 10 simple ways to stay active

Or get active in my case. Let’s be honest here, we have enough to do in life, like, work; family;keeping house and a social life. Who has time for exercise?

Well, the truth is, we all do - She groans in protest. Don’t worry, I’m not coming from a gym enthusiast background with these ideas but hopefully they’ll spark some ideas for you to try. So, without further ado, let’s get to the list!

1. Take a Walk

I can hear you, boring, right?

For social events, find one of Morayshire’s gorgeous beaches or woodland walks and share a pack of fruit juice or water among a group of friends and or family instead of a Coffee shop caffeine fix? Saving money and getting you all outside for fresh air. Win, win!

To keep kids involved during your walk why not make it a photo treasure hunt? I admit, as a child I tended to march ahead knowing the sooner we were done, the sooner I got back to my gaming. Why not repurpose an old phone and get them to collect pictures along the route? Make it a competition with the whole group.

2. Take the stairs

Instead of dumping stuff at the bottom of the stairs for “later” just take it up. Or use the stairs for some step exercises. When you’re out and about, as tempting as those lifts are, if it’s only two flights, just take the high road!

3. Dough!

On your marks, get set, Bake! Now, this is the kind of active exercise I can get into! A repetitive workout with the promise of food at the end. Where can I sign up? Tiny catch, you’ll need to ditch your mixing machine for this exercise folks. Get stuck in with some good old manual mixing. I always “feel the burn” after working with bread dough. Get the whole family involved for pizza night and bake homemade pizzas.

4. TV Bingo

Here’s a random one for you. Pick your favourite TV show, and a sheet of paper. Draw a grid of 9 squares, in each square, write down phrases you know they say every time or a certain move a character always does. For each phrase or action write a movement everyone has to do. For example: when a character says Thanks, Cheers, etc.… swap seats. Simple, fun game that gets everyone together.

5. Play Active Video Games

Do you remember when EVERYONE had a certain games console that got you on your feet and moving? Yeah, I’ll be honest I lost interest in mine as well. Brush the dust off of your favourite active game and get moving.

6. Park Further Away

Do you absolutely have to park so close to the entrance? Is there a cheaper car park within walking distance? This is a super easy one! You can start small and work your way up to the opposite end of the car park. In a supermarket car park this can be a good 100m from the entrance. Use the pedestrian path for a wee race!

7. Sit on the Floor

No, not leaning on the wall or sofa but like you did in school, either legs crossed or in-front of you. Upright, not slouching, focusing on maintaining your breathing. This will help your mind relax and will help you strengthen your core. So simple but effective!

8. Pull up bar tax

This does require the purchase of a pull up bar but it’s out of reach of youngsters and is a constant reminder. Fit on a door that you have to cross through regularly. And every time you go through, you have to do either 1 pull-up, 1 negative pull-up, or 10 seconds of hanging from the bar. Please only do this if this is a solid wall!

9. Play an Instrument

As a bass player, I can confirm that playing instruments is an exercise. However, this is most effective on your feet. It’s also better to get used to your instrument position when standing.

Still working on the dancing about part with a heavy bass guitar weighing you down it’s not so easy.

10. And finally…. Dancing!

I love to release a bit of energy in time to music.

I won’t win any points on Strictly, but that’s not what it’s about. It’s more fun exercising to music, it helps you pace yourself and motivates you to keep moving. Hence why many fitness classes are set to music.

When you’re not at the gym, turn another activity like housework into a dance off! Hey, if it’s good enough for Chris Pratt it’s good enough for me! Stick on your streaming station and shake your booty!

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