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Entry of ‘joggin’ in an exercise diaryKeeping a physical activity diary is a simple way to keep track of how active you are. You can record all your physical activity, not just gym and sport sessions. So write down how many flights of stairs you climbed, how many minutes you spent walking to the bus and how long you spent gardening.

You can use your own diary or use the Healthy Weight Guide’s meal and physical activity planner. If you register with the Healthy Weight Guide, you can save your physical activity planner, so it’s easy to find when you need it.

At the end of each week, look back over your activity diary. You’ll see that even several short sessions of physical activity have added up, and that activity that’s part of your day– just moving while you are doing other things – can add up.

If there has been a reason that has stopped you being as active as you had hoped, think about how you can resolve it – maybe by getting some support or by blocking out some time for you to take that walk, or go for that swim. If you have a disability that may prevent you from doing regular physical activity see here. Developing healthy physical activity habits might take a while and you may need to make some plans for how you will do it.

Once you have started, try to increase the amount of physical activity you do each week. Take things gradually, adding to your routine when you can. You might choose to make the activity more challenging rather than doing it for longer if you are short of time. Maybe you can jog some of the way around the park rather than walking all the way around it.

If you are going well and being physically active, but still not moving towards you weight goal, you may like to start, or look more closely at, your food diary or speak to a health professional.


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