Keeping fit doesn’t have to be complicated, expensive, or tiring. Starting with something as obvious as stopping smoking will make the world of difference and even help save you heaps of money. Going to bed at a reasonably early hour will also help you to keep fit, as your body needs sufficient sleep to recover from the day just past and to prepare for the next. You also need to eat sensibly, and, of course, you need to exercise.
Walking is probably the simplest, easiest, and cheapest exercise for keeping fit. It’s especially good if you have a dog to restrain on a lead or to throw sticks for. Walking for at least a half an hour at least three times a week – almost every day is better – should be sufficient exercise for keeping reasonably fit. You can also increase your walking time by walking to the shops instead of driving, getting off your bus a stop ahead of your usual one, taking the stairs instead of the lift, walking up and down escalators, pacing back and forth while waiting for public transport, and using your imagination to find chances to walk whenever you can.
Many people enjoy exercising in the company of others and join classes for activities that involve exercise. Select something that appeals to you- it doesn’t have to be an exercise class at a gym. Dancing is great exercise, as is any martial art. If you don’t like the idea of profuse perspiration you may want to choose something gentler, such as yoga or T’ai Chi.
In the Home
There are many simple things you can do at home to help you to keep fit. In the kitchen you can make your own bread, kneading the dough by hand, of course, mix things with a spoon or a hand whisk rather than an electric appliance, and open tins with a manual opener. In the bathroom try towelling yourself dry with a vigorous back-and-forth motion similar to how people buff polished shoes instead of patting yourself dry, and towel your hair dry instead of blow-drying it. As with walking, use your imagination to eliminate labour-saving practices throughout the home.
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