Tuesday, 1 November 2016

5 Steps to Keeping Active this Autumn #WalkforWellbeing

With the nights drawing in, lots of people can begin to feel those dreaded winter blues and one of the most important ways to combat this is to get out and about.  Exercise has been proven to uplift and energise tired and weary bodies, so now is the time to put on some sturdy shoes and enjoy what the outdoors has to offer. 

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Fenetic Wellbeing have recently been promoting people of any age to get active and have a wide range of mobility aids to meet an individual needs.  I feel it is important to remain active no matter what your health needs and I don't mean run marathons, a gentle stroll can be just as beneficial as a 5 mile run.  Below are my 5 simple steps to becoming more active.
  1. Gradually increase the amount of walking you do.  If you are not use to exercise, then walking for 5 minutes and increasing by 5 minutes per day is a useful way of being able to walk further distances.
  2. Enjoy your garden, take 10 minutes a day to pull up some weeds or have a tidy round, not only will you feel better but your garden will reap the benefits.
  3. Joining a walking group is a great idea, many have walks for mixed abilities and it is a great way of meeting new friends.  When you are having fun, exercise doesn't seem like hard work.
  4. Take up swimming, if you can't swim have lessons.  Movement in water is less stressful on the skeletal system and can be a good way of improving your fitness levels.
  5. Climbing the stairs can also be a useful and free way of keeping active on a daily basis.
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161 comments:

  1. Try to get outdorrs on a daily basis throughout the Autumn and Winter - even if it wet or cold, you can layer up or put up an umbrella - a short walk will do you the world of good and help you stay healthy!

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  2. eveb getting in the garden can help, we have a little veggie patch that keeps all the family active

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  3. Walk every day,I take my dog out every day for a walk

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  4. After dinner walk good for me and for my dog

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  5. I like to walk as much as possible

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  6. plenty of layers and drink lots of water

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  7. Get in a routine and do a little every day.Evelyn Johnston

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  8. have a young child and get a dog! its non stop from there!

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  9. Make it fun and you're more likely to be active!

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  10. Ride a bike its fun and you keep fit at the same time x

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  11. Go for a brisk walk every day to keep fit

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  12. Walking is great exercise but so is having a quick hoover around everyday.

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  13. I've been trying to start small and work my way up to longer periods of exercise. It makes it feel less like an insurmountable challenge.

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  14. Get a dog and a horse and you have something you have to exercise

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  15. Walk. I never used to walk anywhere as never really considered it 'exercise'. How wrong was I. Two years ago I decided I needed to get fit and lose weight. I joined weightwatchers, discovered a love of walking as hated the gym and now 4 stone lighter and fitter than I have ever been in all of my 47 years I cannot endorse it more!

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  16. Get a dog - it makes you go out and walk in all weathers.

    @rachiegr

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  17. I like to do walking and gardening.

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  18. Walking. Sometimes I don't feel like a walk but it is great when you get some fresh air.

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  19. i make a game of things like walking the dog ill get the kids to see who can reach a point first or have a nature walk were they have to find things like 5 diff coloured leaves ect

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  20. Find a walking buddy - you are more likely to keep on walking if you have someone to keep you company and spur you on

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  21. Have as many children as I have. Just three of them but they definitley keep me more than twice as active as I would be if I didn't have them.

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  22. Set a time to go out every night

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  23. There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing :)

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  24. Try to stand up as much as possible as it burns more calories than sitting.

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  25. Enjoy walking and using my exercise bike

    KATHY D

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  26. Get a dog! I walk for 2 hours ever day between my work shifts, it makes such a difference!

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  27. Go for a walk before going to work

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  28. We have 3 dogs, they need walking. If you have the time for one, get a dog.

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  29. Try to find the perfect activity for you. Never ever do what you do not enjoy.

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  30. Try and walk more and skip driving and take the stairs instead of the lift :) x

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  31. have some walking boots and an mp3 player so you can listen to music - you can walk miles without even realising!!

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  32. I like to walk where I can and save from driving everywhere

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  33. Get a dog so you can go for walks every day

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  34. Keep mobile and as active as possible

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  35. If you build exercise into your daily routine it won't seem like a chore anymore

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  36. Try to get outside every day and take the opportunities that arrive to walk, even if it's short journeys they all add up - walk the school run, nip to the local shop, pop and see a friend instead of calling

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  37. I walk everywhere and takes the stairs when possible :)

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  38. Find houese keeping for my dad and gardening and walking up and down stairs the perfect way to keep active

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  39. I have an exercise bike which I use for my physio at the moment but used to do half an hour a day to keep myself fit.

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  40. My Grandad gave me the very best advice when I was young - to always own a dog. When you have someone or something that needs walking every single day it motivates you to get out of the chair and mobile even when the weather is poor and it's miserable outside. I keep my pooch fit and he does likewise for me ;)

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  41. I have a mini trampoline which is actually fun and I haven't flown off yet

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  42. keep track of what you do and do little and often

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  43. Walking it is fantastic and kids love it aswell if you make it fun.

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  44. Figure out whether you're a carrot or stick kind of person.

    In other words, do you need to develop positive associations with exercise in order to keep at it without it making you feel worse, or do you need to be hard on yourself and disciplined? Does harnessing positive feeling or negative feeling work best for you? When other people inevitably try to tell you which will work best, remember that they're not the expert on you, you are.

    Plus, if you're struggling to stay active, then whatever your age and health status, keep an eye on blood pressure, heart rate, blood sugar etc, because there could be a physical reason for it. Don't assume you're perfectly healthy just because other people assume you are.

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  45. try and walk 20mins a day even if it is just around your local streets.

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  46. A fitbit or any activity tracker is a great motivator!

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  47. Get a friend to join you, to help keep you motivated :)

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  48. Make it fun - I love running about in the garden with my little ones & it doesn't even feel like exercise

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  49. Use the stairs where possible and try to do things as a family so that you all keep fit.

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  50. get a dog and walk twice a day

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  51. Walk to the shops instead of taking the car

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  52. Get a dog...lol. I love walking the dogs

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  53. house cleaning is a very good way to keep active

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  54. if the journey is short walk instead of driving

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  55. find things to do which are active that you enjoy

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  56. Keep hydrated and never skip meals - it makes being active so much more worthwhile!

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  57. Take stairs rather than escalators

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  58. Leave the car at home and walk there instead

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  59. Walking the dog morning & night will keep you & your dog happy & healthy :)

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  60. try to fit it into your life without it taking over

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  61. Set aside a special time of day when you know you will be able to do something and make it something you enjoy

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  62. Spencer Broadley8 November 2016 at 08:56

    I always walk the 4 miles to town to do my shopping - unfortunately I have to catch the bus back because of the weight of shopping

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  63. Family walks are always good for getting everyone out the house and moving :)

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  64. It sounds lazy but I like to do armchair stretching. It make a huge difference for every day aches and pains.

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  65. I have an app on my phone which counts my daily steps. I set myself weekly targets to challenge myself

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  66. Have to force myself sometimes, but I won't take the car if where I'm going is in walking distance

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  67. Don't 'think' about it - just get up and go!

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  68. 30 mins of exercise daily does the world of good x

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  69. Going for walks to discover your local area and its history.

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  70. Jogging is a great way to stay active! Jogging for 20-30 minutes daily does wonders to your overall health and well-being!

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  71. Simply find things that you enjoy! If you have more time on a weekend, try a new route on a walk you usually take, try visiting the park or nature reserve for lovely scenery and to feed the ducks!

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  72. get a dog - no excuse for not getting out in the fresh air!

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  73. when i go for the bus i always try and go to the stop after so i walk a tiny bit further :)

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  74. I avoid using the car as much as possible. If it's a walkable distance then I try to always travel on foot.

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  75. Don't let the weather bother you. A bit of cold or rain is soon unoticeable when you are warmed up by exercise

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  76. I've got a dog who doesn't care what the weather is we still have to go out for a walk

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  77. Go for a walk whatever the weather

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  78. I try and walk everywhere and play xbox sports and dance games with the kids when it's rainy weather

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  79. Lots of layers & out for a walk :)

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  80. Get a fitness band and try to keep to your target of daily steps

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  81. I'm not as mobile as I was, pesky MS, so now I would say even little things can make a difference. Stand up a few extra times before getting dressed. Helps stop quads from wasting.

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  82. Make sure that during lunch break at work at least half of it is spent on a brisk walk.

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  83. Just try and do a little bit a day and build up slowly

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  84. walk everywhere when you can. every step counts

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  85. out walking whenever possible, get off bus or tube earlier than your stop and walk, walk at lunchtime and if possible again in the evening

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  86. taking a walk everyday
    from samantha price

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  87. Move around a bit more, and evey day. Walk to the shops instead of taking the car.

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  88. Get into a routine - even if it is only walking to the local shop to get the newspaper each morning.

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  89. Try doing activities thast your friends or family would also enjoy. If you have some company you're more likely to stick with it.

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  90. Get outside with the family to the local parks and explore

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  91. I try to walk everywhere I can and leave the car at home as much as possible.

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  92. Walking my dog helps keep me active :)

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  93. My best tip is get a big dog, I don't have a choice about being active now! X

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  94. Go for a walk every day, even if it is only a short walk

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  95. Walk or cycle instead of taking the car for shorter journeys.

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  96. Invest in comfortable footwear and clothing so the absence of those does not become an excuse for staying indoors.

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  97. Haigh my two dogs keeps me active as they would go crazy if I didn't take them out twice a day

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  98. Go for a walk everyday then soon it becomes a habit

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  99. Get a dog :D lol they make walking so much more enjoyable, and motivate you to get out when you can't be bothered

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  100. Pace yourself, going a little futher each time

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  101. cycling is a fab way of keeping active and you can have like cycle trips and take a picnic with you in summer

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  102. Join the gym! I have recently just joined and go on the way home from work. Fitness classes are also a lot more fun and motivational than trying to get fit on your own

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  103. Get a dog - they make walks and runs a lot more fun

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  104. Just make sure you walk at least 10000 steps a day (equivalent of about 5 miles)! That's like the bare minimum. Get a Fitbit and you can keep track!

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  105. I got a Fitbit for my birthday and it helps me achieve the 10,000 steps per day goal. I also challenge my friends for a bit of fun!

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  106. Keep active by getting out whenever possible despite the weather

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  107. walk, walk and then walk more - I have managed to get my cholesterol
    under control by doing this

    KATHY D

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  108. Walking is so good for you. A little everyday is beneficial if you can't manage long walks.

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  109. I like to walk as much as possible

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  110. Walk and cycle locally whenever you can

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  111. Get a dog! Then you have to walk evert day

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  112. Find something you enjoy. I love my daily gym and swim. Hate it when I have to miss it :)

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  113. Get a dog! You'll walk miles without even realising it!

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  114. Try not to drive when the weather is nice go for walks, play with children, even housework is a bit of a workout :) fingers crossed! x

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  115. Keep walking everyday not only is it good exercise its good for mind also.

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  116. I like to walk daily and I love to cycle whenever I get a chance.

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  117. Ride a bike. It's fun and you keep fit at the same time. Involve the kids / family.

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  118. Join the Army! I'm in the best shape ever because of the Army! + remember this: a chance to move is a chance to improve!

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  119. Little and often, get the bus instead of driving and get of the bus one stop early and walk

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  120. Build activity into your day so it becomes a habit, walk up stairs, park a bit further away, walk instead of driving short distances, etc

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  121. Walk as much as you can and whilst walking, observe the nature around you and listen to the birds for your overall wellbeing.

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  122. Make it more fun it will make it more activice

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  123. Try to walk as much as possible, it's a great way to exercise

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  124. Don't be lazy. There are no excuses for not going outside and being active. If it's raining, wear a coat. If it's baking hot enjoy the sun and wear sunscreen. If it's cold, wrap up warm!

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  125. Try to walk at least 30 minutes every day. We are lucky as live near the beach so we pretty much walk along the prom everyday for an active break

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  126. Stop using the car! We walk so much more now and only use it when necessary.

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  127. Walking! No matter it's easier to go everywhere in a car! Try to get a train, a bus, walk and enjoy nature and fresh air.

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  128. I don't run a car so walk most places which keeps me healthy

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  129. Try to take a brisk walk every day, it really warms you up

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  130. For those who cant always get out and sit like a potato on the sofa watching tv: during adverts get up and walk around, also try doing some leg lifts, jog on the spot during adverts too.

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  131. Start off with small walks and make them regular, can really improve fitness in a short time

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  132. My tips for keeping active are to walk everywhere you can instead of taking the car, when it's practical of course. I walk to and from work every day instead of driving and that extra little bit of exercise makes me feel more invigorated at the beginning of the day!

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  133. Try to walk when possible so that you do a walk at least once a day!

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  134. Little and often. I have arthritis so I try to walk as much as I can each day

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  135. Pauline Burroughs26 November 2016 at 20:08

    Get outside and go walking. So much to see especially if you venture out early in the morning. It just makes you feel so much better too

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  136. Using the wii fit (@PeanutHog)

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  137. l have a dog so to keep me active i walk him twice a day

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  138. Try walking instead of driving whenever possible

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