Self-Care Week: How to work exercise into your busy life
Thursday, 19 November · 2 min read

Work and family commitments don’t always leave space in your life for exercise, as they can leave you lacking the time, drive or energy.

At the start of this week, we asked: Do you find time to fit exercise into your day or week?

If you’re answer was no, or sometimes, it may help to be reminded of the many health benefits of staying active. For example, exercise can:

  • ease anxiety and reduce your risk of mental health conditions like depression
  • improve your sleep, which can help boost your mood and focus during the day
  • help you maintain a healthy weight and prevent weight gain
  • lower your risk of multiple conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some cancers

This all means that staying active can help you live a longer, healthier life.

Doing just 20 to 25 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise (like brisk walking) a day can help you stay healthy. But if you spend a lot of time sitting at a desk, you may want to do more.

Check out our tips below on how to work more activity into your daily routine - and the types of exercise you can do to reap the most benefits.

And why not try our quiz to find out just how fit you are at the moment.

Quote of the day

You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first.

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How to fit exercise into a busy routine