We all know exercise is really important for keeping us healthy.  Some of us love it while others can’t think of anything worse. 

Feel like a hamster in the gym? Yeah, me too. It’s not for everyone and there are loads of other things you can do to exercise. Scroll to the bottom for some non-gym exercise ideas.

You’re far more likely to want to exercise if you enjoy it, try out some different things until you find something you really like.  You could join a local sports team or try a yoga, dance or martial arts class.  Once you do find something you enjoy it won’t feel like a chore to exercise.  Some activities that are in a group can feel less like exercise and more social.  Get together with some of your mates and try out a new class, it doesn’t matter if you don’t think you’ll be good at it you’ll definitely have fun if you’re together and if you really hate it you can try something else the following week.

woman holding water after gym


Sometimes it can be hard to find the time to exercise there are things that you can add to your daily routine that will increase your physical activity.  Taking the stairs is an obvious one. If you shun the lift everyday you’ll notice that you’re finding the stairs a lot easier.  Who knows, soon you might be doing it for fun, okay maybe not.

There are simple exercises you can do when you’re sitting down at the computer.  You can tighten your abs for a few seconds before releasing them; this is an easy way to help toning your tummy.  You can exercise your calves by lifting your heel then your toe for a few seconds; repeat it at intervals throughout the day. 

girl running


Yeah, exercise is really important. Don't overdo it though.

Over-exercising can be equally bad for your health. You need to take a break between working out to let your body recover. There really can be too much of a good thing. Hitting the gym too much will mean you're more likely to injure yourself, you'll become tired and your immune system will be weakened. As we so often say here at DW, everything is good in moderation.


Exercising regularly will make you feel great.  They advise getting 30 minutes of moderate exercise, five days a week.  Moderate can be a brisk walk, it means breaking a sweat and an increased heart rate.  If you’re spluttering and can’t speak, it’s probably vigorous.  Half an hour might sound like a lot but there are ways you can build it into your daily life.  The 30 minutes can be broken up throughout the day so try doing three 10 minute slots of exercise.

Let’s not lie, if you haven’t exercised in ages it’s going to be horrible, don’t throw in the towel just yet though next time you do it, it’ll be so much easier.  Soon enough you’ll have gotten over the ‘I’m never doing this again’ phase and you’ll start to see the benefits of leading an active lifestyle and wondering why you ever complained in the first place.

If you exercise regularly you’ll reduce your chances of getting a whole host of nasty things including cardio vascular disease, strokes and type 2 diabetes.  It’s true; you can get these diseases when you’re young.  In any case, lack of exercise and obesity can lead to health complications later in life.  You know what they say, prevention is the best treatment.



Exercise is also good for your mental health; it has been proven that exercising can improve your mood. It's a great stress buster and can make you feel more relaxed and even happier. When you exercise chemicals are released in the brain which makes you feel great. After a good workout you can feel like you can take on the world.

It might be hard to find the motivation to exercise. We get it; there isn't much appeal in leaving your house on a winter evening with lure of watching trash telly in your PJs. Feeling sluggish may be a sign that you need more exercise, regularly being active will give you more energy, and you'll sleep a lot better at night.


We’ve thought of some easy ways to burn some calories that you might not have thought of.

  • The insanity workout.  A new workout craze that promises to have you fit in sixty days. This one isn’t for the faint hearted though.  The good thing about it is that it’s a DVD and you can do it home. 
  • Go out dancing.  We all love a night on the town, but there’s no point burning the calories if you’re going to load up on calorific drinks throughout the night and probably end with a cheeky kebab.  We hear that you can burn up to 700 calories by moshing!
  • Walking slowly around a shopping centre for an hour can burn up to 400 calories.  I knew there was a reason I was spending so much time wandering around the shops. 
  • Hula hooping can burn 50 calories a minute.  So get your mates round whack on your favourite track and you’ll be saying hello to toned abs in no time. Maybe do it outside though.

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