Check your steps - week 1 - Food for the Brain

Check your steps - week 1

A week has passed since you started the ACTIVE BODY program. How are you doing? Your goals are:

To do resistance exercise that builds and preserves muscle and makes you look toned three times a week for 8 minutes.

To do ‘cardio’ or aerobic exercise that gets your heart rate up for 30 minutes three times a week, or 1.5 hours a week

Or achieve the same by increasing your daily steps by 10-20% – we’re aiming for 14% or 2% increase a day.

Remember to track your daily steps.

There are lots of ways to track your daily steps and progress in increasing them.

You can also buy an inexpensive, wearable fitness device (these will monitor much more than your steps) or you can download free, very accurate apps on your android or iphone. Some other, well-tested and reviewed (and free!) apps include GoggleFit, MyFitnessPal,  ActivityTracker and Fitbit have a free app without having to buy a Fitbit. Happy tracking!


When doing ‘resistance’ exercises you want to push muscles to the point of ‘failure’ or fatigue, for example sitting against the wall until you can’t. That’s what builds muscles.

Please complete this and work out your plan for Week 2. If you didn’t manage to get it together in Week 1 don’t despair. Go for it in week 2. Rome wasn’t built in a day. The most important thing is to keep steadily increasing your daily activity until being more active becomes a habit.