Building your own exercise hour
Published: 2 May, 2018
There are so many different ways to build up an hour of exercise in your week. To get you started we have developed some different routines that you may like to try.
What does an exercise hour look like in your week?
Really, think about it. Do you have a single hour that comes to mind or is it built up of many different activities?
Exercise is as big of a boost for our minds as it is for our bodies. And with recent research showing that a single hour a week can have a protective effect against depression, it is a great chance for all of us to consider what one exercise hour looks like in our weeks.
First and foremost, when you are creating an exercise plan, you should consider consulting a GP if you haven't been active in a while. They will help you to construct a plan based on your personal ability.
Second, it needs to be focused on things that you enjoy. If you are naturally born to run, there is no use focusing your entire exercise regime on the pool. And when you are deciding what brings you the most enjoyment, trying new things and adding a bit of variety into your week can make exercise a very positive experience.
With that in mind, we have developed a handful of routines that you might like to try as you build up your own exercise hour.
Exercise doesn't have to be your traditional lace-up-and-go-for-a-jog style of activity. Being conscious of the different ways that we can build exercise into our everyday can be a great starting point and is a chance to get creative.
Weights at home
The gym isn't the only environment for weights, your home and its surroundings can work just as well for you.
In this video, health coach and personal trainer Scott Gooding takes you through some simple exercises that can be achieved with proper or DIY weights - think sandbags and filled up water bottles.
Building mindfulness into your exercise plan allows you to reset and focus on the goals you have set for yourself.
In this video, clinical psychologist Laura Kampel points out the benefits of meditation and provides insight into setting up your meditation space.
If you want to give meditation a go, you can try our guided audio meditations to start you off.
Yoga is a practice that really helps focus the mind and the body simultaneously.
This session led by instructor Deb Roach lasts a bit over 20 minutes and is an introduction to power yoga for people who have an active lifestyle and want to try something new.
We aren't suggesting that you jump straight into the ring, but boxing training can be great for your focus and discipline.
Boxing coach Jemma Dale from Corporate Fighter takes you through five exercises that you can try solo or with a friend. We would recommend that you try this if you already have an active exercise routine.
We certainly hope that these short routines can help you look at exercise in your week through a fresh set of eyes. Try out the ones that appeal to you or push your comfort zone and try those that don't instantly capture your attention.
For more exercise tools and tips in the workplace, school or everyday life, head to our Exercise Your Mood page.
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