Have a go at our activity quiz to find out how active you really are.
Activity Quiz – answer yes or no
- Do you stair stack (pile things on the stairs)?
- Do you use an electric mixer/liquidiser/food processor?
- Do you avoid hanging clothes on the washing line? Have you got a tumble dryer?
- Do you wash the kitchen floor with a mop?
- Do you drive to the newsagents for the papers or do you have them delivered?
- Do you take the lift/escalator for one floor?
- Do you find the nearest parking spot to the shop/work entrance?
- Do you use the phone to talk to neighbours, people in the next office or people in other rooms in your house?
- Do you use a remote control for your TV/Music centre?
- Do you think you are too old to roller skate?
- So let’s count up the yes’s scores:
1-4 Then you do more exercise than you thought – well done! I just hope you have your activity monitors on
5-7 Halfway there, try to change two more yes’s into no’s.
8-10 Take heart, anything you decide to do will increase your activity levels. Even the most inactive people have found that when they monitor their activity even if their target is only another 10 steps a day it does mean they are becoming more active.
How many of you have been pleasantly surprised when you’ve checked your activity monitor and found out that you are more active than you thought?
But it also works the other way, how many of you were eating more because you think you’re more active than you actually are?
Why do we need to increase our activity levels?
Successful weight loss is all about burning off more calories than we eat, so by combining a weight loss or healthy eating plan with being more active we can speed up the progress and change our shape
Following a healthy eating plan on its own will give you a weight loss but when you also increase your activity levels you can either get better results and a better shape.
Previously conducted tests had 3 groups
- Exercise only
- Diet only
- Exercise plus diet
The most successful weight loss group was the group who did exercise and diet, followed by the group who only dieted, and last came the group who only exercised.
But there are health benefits as well as weight loss benefits,
Being more active
- Reduces the risk of dying prematurely.
- Reduces the risk of heart disease. The British heart foundation tells us that for a healthy heart we should be aiming to walk 10,000 steps a day.
- Reduces the risk of developing diabetes.
- Reduces the risk of developing high blood pressure.
- Helps reduce blood pressure in people who already have high blood pressure.
- Reduces the risk of developing colon cancer.
- Reduces feelings of depression and anxiety.
- Helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints. It’s no good just eating healthily you need to do weight bearing exercise to strengthen your bones
- Helps older adults become stronger and better able to move about without falling.
- Promotes psychological well-being.
So don’t forget!
If you only exercise your jaw, then your hips will be wider than before.
Here’s a A-Z of activity we could do…
A – Aerobics, Aqua Aerobics, Archery, Abseiling, Aerobatics
B – Badminton, Ballet, Ballroom, Basketball, Billiards, Bowls, Belly dancing, Boules, Browsing round the shops, Bed making, Bending to bottom drawers, Beating carpets, Bums & Tums, Boxing, Boxercise
C- Callenetics, Canoeing, Ceroc, Circuit Training, Climbing, Country Dancing, Cricket, Cycling, Clearing the cobwebs, Cleaning the car, Core rhythms, Croquet, Curling, Crazy golf, Cancan, Cooking
D – Dancing, Disco, Dusting, Decorating, Dog walking, Darts, Digging
E – Elliptical machine, Equestrian sports, Elbow planking, Exercise ball, Exercise wheel
F – Fencing, Fishing, Flamenco Dancing, Football, fighting
H – Hill walking, Hockey, Horse riding, Hoovering, Hand washing, Hurdling, Hurling, High jump, Hoopla, Hoeing
G – Gardening, Golf, Gymnastics
I – Ice Skating, In line skating, Ironing, Ice hockey
J – Jet skiing, Jogging, Judo, Jumping, Javelin, Juggling, Jujitsu
K- Kick boxing, Kite flying, Kayaking, Kissing, Knitting, Kettle bells
L – Latin American dancing, Line Dancing, Lacrosse, Limbo, Leapfrogging
M – Mountaineering, Marathon, Mopping, Moving furniture, Mowing the grass
N – Netball, Nookie
O– Orienteering, Oven cleaning
P – Power walking, Pilates, Pegging out the washing, Pot washing, Painting, Putting, Pokeman finding
Q – Quoits, Quad bike riding, Quiddich, Quasar
R – Roller-skating, Rounder’s, Rowing machine, Rugby, Running, Resistance band
S – Sailing, Salsa, Scottish dancing, Skateboarding, Skiing, Skipping, Snooker, Snowboarding, Square dancing, Squash, Stepping, Surfing, Swimming, Sandcastle building, Shopping, Scrubbing the floor, Stretching to the top cupboards, Scrubbing the toilet
T – Table tennis, Tap dancing, Ten pin bowling, Tennis, Toning tables, Trying on new clothes, Taking out bins
U – Umpire, Unicycling
V – Volleyball, Vacuuming
W – Walking, Water skiing, Weight training, Windsurfing, Window cleaning, Weeding the garden, Watering plants, Wii fit
X –Xare (racket sport)
Y – Yoga, Yomping (what the army did to get across the land in the Falkland’s), Yo-yo, Yachting
Z – Zoo walking, Zorbing (big ball get inside and roll down hill), Zigzagging
There’s got to be something in there worth trying or even revisiting,, so why not have a go!