by Gael Myers, Accredited Practising Dietitian


We all know that moving more is good for us, but if you dread the thought of slipping into lycra and sweating it out on the treadmill we’ve got tonnes of other ideas to get you moving that don’t involve the gym.

Stay young

Hula hooping

The easiest way to find the motivation to get moving is to do something fun that doesn't actually feel like exercise. Focus on the joy of movement rather than any health benefits and feel the time fly by!

Here are some ideas:

  • Bounce on the trampoline with your kids
  • Lounge room or kitchen dance party
  • Splash around in the pool
  • Hula hooping in the park
  • Impromptu game of backyard soccer

Make it social

Yoga class

If you find it hard to get up and going on your own, why not get a few mates together, or join an existing exercise team or class? Getting involved in social sports or classes are great ways to meet people, learn something new and find motivation to continue moving over the long term.

  • Join a community sports team
  • Instead of catching up with friends for a coffee, go bike riding or for a walk instead
  • Sign up for a class like yoga, pilates, Zumba, aquarobics or martial arts – whatever you enjoy!

Small changes to your everyday

Man takes public transport to work

We all know life gets busy, so it’s no surprise that lack of time is one of the most common reasons that people give for not exercising more. The good news is, there are ways to incorporate more movement into your daily life that don’t require scheduling, for example:

  • Always take the stairs instead of the lift or escalator
  • Walk, ride or take public transport to work or school
  • If you have to drive, park further away from your destination and walk the rest of the way.
  • Are standing, treadmill or cycling desks an option? Talk to your HR department to find out.
  • Use the bathrooms on a different level at work, and take the stairs to get there.
  • Walk to a nearby park or green space during your break to eat your lunch.

Mind and body

Man hikes over red dirt

People who are more physically active enjoy better mental health and mood, and sleep better. If you’re struggling to get motivated, start small and choose an activity that feels achievable. Here are some ideas:

  • Get into nature for a walk and some fresh air
  • Join a yoga class
  • The Chinese practice of tai chi has been described as ‘meditation in motion’. This slow motion exercise can help strengthen muscles and increase flexibility while calming the mind.

The key message with exercise is simple – find something you enjoy, and do that.

Anything is better than nothing, and more is better!


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