My name is Kimberley Wilson and I’m a Psychologist and Brain Health Expert.
As part of the INEOS Go Humans Academy, I want to talk about the importance of movement as part of your self-care routine.
Regular physical activity improves stress resilience, reduces the risk of depression, and can even reverse age-related brain shrinkage.
You don’t need to run a marathon, even small amounts of activity count.
Here are two ways to increase your physical exercise without having to get anywhere near a gym.
Aim for 4000 outdoor steps every day this month.
In a recent study, between 4000 and 10,000 steps was shown to increase attention and cognitive function.
Use a smartwatch or your phone to track your steps outside of your home every day this month. You’ll be surprised how quickly it all adds up!
It’s also an incentive to walk a bit more or just a bit further than you would normally do in a day.
Like getting off the bus before your stop to hit that target.
Take on the one-month push-up challenge
Regular resistance exercise slows the number and size of areas of age-related damage in the brain.
On day one, see how many push-ups you can do to establish your baseline.
Make a note of this number and don’t worry if it’s small!
Now, every other day, work to increase that number - even by just one or two more push-ups.
It’s incredibly satisfying to see the improvement and feel yourself getting stronger.
Don’t forget to tag INEOS on Instagram so we can follow your progress!