Getting fit

Tips to get active if you don't have time

Make an easy start

  • Parking further away can be a quick way to get some extra walking. If you end up on the furthest side of the car park, or even a couple of streets away, the walk to and from the car will do you good.
  • Try getting off the bus a stop early and walking fast (like you're late for an appointment) the rest of the way home.
  • Carry your groceries home - carrying heavy bags is great for your arms.
  • Swap the school run for a school walk or school cycle.
  • If you're nipping out to the shop to get a pint of milk, walk or cycle instead of driving.

Step it up

  • Try walking or cycling to work if you live close enough. It can work out lots cheaper in the long run.
  • If you travel by train, standing rather than sitting means that your body is working harder. And choosing to use the stairs or walking up the escalator also means that you're getting your heart pumping.

Ready to do more?

Perhaps you could try jogging to or from work, in your lunch break, or somewhere else that you go regularly, like a friend's house? You could start off with part of the journey and work up to the whole thing over a few weeks.

You'll get a great sense of achievement.

Rent a bike

Would you like to try cycling but don't have a bike? Maybe you want to introduce friends or family who haven't cycled before.

Renting a bike is a great way to get started.

Santander Cycle Hire is the easiest way to get on a bike quickly. It's great if you want to hire a bike for a short time, and is available to everyone over 14-years-old.

Find out more about cycling in Wandsworth.