Welcome to Let's Get Moving: Healthy Spring! As the flowers bloom and the days lengthen, spring presents the perfect opportunity to rejuvenate your routine and embrace physical activity and the great outdoors. This page is designed to inspire and motivate you to embrace moving more throughout the spring season. Whether you're a seasoned fitness enthusiast or just beginning your wellness journey, we have something for everyone. Let's dive into the wealth of ideas, inspiration, and opportunities to get active this spring!
Join us this March for March-time Movement, an exciting initiative aimed at promoting physical activity and well-being across Leicestershire, Leicester, and Rutland! March-time Movement is a month-long celebration designed to inspire residents to incorporate more movement into their everyday lives.
Below, you will find a range of tips, tricks and simple ways to keep you moving throughout the month!
March-time Movement ideas
1. Use active transportation methods like walking or biking for short trips instead of driving. Not only is it good for your health, but it's also eco-friendly.
2. Incorporate active commuting by parking farther away from your destination or getting off public transportation a few stops early and walking the rest of the way.
3. Set a step goal for yourself and track your progress using a fitness tracker or smartphone app. Aim to increase your daily step count gradually over time.
4. Make household chores more physically demanding by adding extra movements, such as squatting while doing the washing/laundry or doing lunges while vacuuming.
5. Use household items as makeshift exercise equipment. For example, use canned goods as weights before you cook a meal.
6. Take the stairs instead of the lift whenever possible. It's a simple way to sneak in some extra steps and get your heart rate up.
7. Schedule short activity breaks throughout your day. Set a timer to remind yourself to stretch, take a quick walk, or do some squats every hour.
8. Take advantage of advert breaks during TV time to do quick exercises like press-ups, star-jumps, or planks.
9. Walk or bike to nearby shops instead of driving, and carry your shopping home for an added strength and cardio workout.
10. Incorporate physical activity into your work routine by using a standing desk, taking walking meetings, or doing desk exercises throughout the day.
11. Take advantage of your lunch break to go for a brisk walk outside. It's a refreshing way to break up your day and add extra steps.
12. Stand up and move around during phone calls or video conferences. Pacing or doing light exercises can help you stay alert and focused.
13. Incorporate active playtime with your pets by taking them for walks, playing fetch, or engaging in interactive games that get both of you moving.
14. Make a habit of stretching before bed to help relax your muscles and improve flexibility. Incorporate gentle yoga poses or foam rolling to release tension accumulated throughout the day.
15. Prioritise sleep and recovery to support your active lifestyle. Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night to allow your body to rest and repair.
Remember, small changes can lead to big results over time. By finding enjoyable ways to move your body throughout the day, you'll not only improve your physical health but also boost your mood and overall well-being!
We Are Undefeatable
We Are Undefeatable is a campaign to support the 15 million people who live with one or more long-term health conditions in England and aims to support people to build physical activity into their lives, in a way that their condition allows.
The campaign features real-life experiences of people with long-term health conditions – both visible and invisible – on their own journeys to being active. It also recognises the unique barriers people living with long-term health conditions face.
The We Are Undefeatable campaign understands that how you feel can change from day to day and sometimes, that can make moving more feel like a challenge. It's perfectly okay to feel like being active is a big commitment or something that didn't feel like it was for you.
Ultimately, being active is about finding what works for you. You can start small, and you don't have to get moving when you don't feel up to it.