Fit, bounce, flex your way to a healthy you

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It’s easier than you think to stay active. Not only does it help keep you healthy, staying active also lowers your risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression and dementia.

Embarking on a more active lifestyle today will reap huge rewards and keep you fit, agile and active long into the future. Follow our easy guide to staying active and healthy at any age.

  1. Hit the dance floor 

Getting your groove on not only feels good – we all know a good boogie releases those addictive feel-good endorphins – but doing something completely new, like learning to salsa, tango or ballroom, helps to build new neural pathways in your brain, keeping both your body and brain healthier.

Perfect Partner

The quilted upper of our Violet shoe makes for a seriously stylish addition to your wardrobe. Versatile Violet looks beautiful with skirts or trousers, so whatever your style, it’s the perfect partner to take to the ball.

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  1. Head to the hills

The great outdoors are brilliant for so many reasons, not only does regular walking help boost your cardiovascular (heart) health, research also suggests that taking walks in nature has a wealth of mental health benefits too. If you don’t have time to head off on a big walk, just get off the bus a stop early, take the stairs not the lift, or walk to the shops rather than drive – every little helps.

Perfect Partner

Leanne’s sporty mesh lining, soft cushioning and shock-absorbing sole is ideal for walks of any length. It also comes in five colourways, to suit any outfit.

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  1. Get bendy!

Maintaining and even boosting your flexibility is a vital part of keeping your body active and supple. Not only does yoga help boost your flexibility; it also helps maintain muscle mass and relieves stress. What’s not to love?

 

 Perfect Partner

Slip-on our gorgeous Swift shoe before and after practice and you will float all the way home. The stretch knitted upper is super comfortable and the lightweight soles make days on your feet effortless.

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  1. Learn the lingo

Not only will picking up a second (or third!) language boost your kudos on holiday but did you know learning a language can help stave off dementia? Not sure which language to pick? Why not start with your fave holiday destination and go from there. It’s never too late to start.

 

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Sign up to an evening class and park an extra block away, that way you can get some fresh air and extra steps under your belt in versatile and cushioned Tone.

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  1. Dive in

Low-impact exercise like swimming and cycling are great ways to boost your cardio (heart) health and your memory. Research has shown that when we exercise our muscles produce a protein called cathepsin B, which boosts brain cell growth. Try to find a form of cardio that suits you and aim for 30 minutes’ five times a week.

Perfect Partner

If you’re heading out on your bike, slip-on our Chase shoes. Their sporty, luxurious feel and shock-absorbing sole make them a great partner for rides and their on-trend zip detail looks great when you get off your bike to stop for a pub lunch too!

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  1. Beat stress

Stressing less can be easier said than done but with the help of meditation and mindfulness; you can have a real impact on reducing the stress hormones in your brain. So it’s time to make a window in your schedule for this relaxing, stress-busting pastime. Find a quiet place and get comfy.

 

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Find your inner Zen, wherever you are, in comfy Nomad; remember, you don’t have to sit cross-legged on a yoga mat to benefit from mindfulness!

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  1. Get green fingered

Gardening is bountiful in its health benefits and it’s never too late to start. Not only does tending to a garden or allotment get you active outside in the fresh air, some research suggests that it can also lower the risk of dementia. Win-win then!

Perfect Partner

Step-out in our Gravity shoe for a comfortable gardening companion. The shock-absorbing sole and generous fit makes it great for whiling away hours in the garden.

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  1. Work out with weights

When we pass 30 our muscle mass begins to decline, so strength training is an important way to maintain muscle mass, burn fat and prevent osteoporosis. Don’t feel daunted if you’re not a regular gym-goer, this isn’t anything like Muscle Beach! Trying classes like Les Mills Body Pump, or getting a personal trainer in your local gym to show you the ropes is a great way to gradually build your muscle mass and reap the anti-aging benefits of weight training.

 

Perfect Partner

Our active Nova shoe is the perfect gym buddy: its breathable textile upper and mesh lining keep the shoe lightweight and sporty.

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