This is a real bugbear for me. I don’t like taking exercise for its own sake, and the times when I have taken more exercise it’s been to keep myself busy or to take the children swimming. I’m not a gym-for-gym’s-sake person. My 15 year old trainers are pristine, something I’m bizarrely proud of. Perhaps my dislike of formal exercise comes from years of walking miles every day to and fro stations and offices, a form of exercise I really enjoyed and maintained for years as I travelled to and fro work, and had no trouble slotting into my daily life as it was my daily life!

Imagine my delight when I heard about HIT – High Intensity Training. It boils down to several short spurts – short like a minute tops short – a week. I ran up the stairs just now, which will have to do as we don’t have an exercise bike. Here is a radio piece of Michael Mosley talking about the benefits of HIT.

He doesn’t talk about it in that piece, but in one of his Horizons last year Michael Mosley also talked about NEAT, which stands for something like Non-Exercise (I like it already) Activity Time. It’s common sense – stand up when you’re on the phone, get off the bus a stop earlier, park at the far end of the car park etc. That last isn’t always desirable with a pre-schooler, and I can’t remember when I last took a bus (I live in the country – nuff said), but I try to make the most of every opportunity presented to me for being active. Come to think of it, I’ve always stood up or roamed about to talk on the phone, probably psychologically a metaphor for getting away from least favourite form of communication.