Time off? It's #Time2Move!

Got a break coming up? High-five! Whether you have a national holiday, long weekend or summer leave, having time off is brilliant because it gives you some much-needed space to relax, recharge, and most importantly, have some fun!

 

If you’re not going abroad for an epic adventure, it’s the perfect time to pursue personal projects closer to home or enjoy activities with friends – just make sure you leave #Time2Move!

 

You may be tempted to stay in and chill, but sitting for longer than just 90 minutes cuts blood flow behind your knee by 50%, increasing your chances of developing DVT – a blood clot in the leg – something nearly 50% of people around the world are even aware of 1,2.

 

Not sure where to start? Here are a few ideas to keep the blood flowing – so get up, get out and start having some fun with your time off!

 

 

Check out some museums

When’s the last time you visited any local galleries or museums? If you’re looking for something a little more educational, why not head out to your local cultural centre and have a wander. Not only does it keep you on your feet for a little while, but you’ll come away with some cool facts for you to unleash the next time you’re at a quiz.

 

 

Channel your inner green fingers

Why not get out there and give your garden some love! Gardening can be really therapeutic and keeps you moving at the same time. Tidy things up, mow the lawn, pull out those weeds and maybe even plant some new flowers to grow over the summer. No garden space? Create an ‘urban garden’ instead with potted plants.

 

 

Explore your city

If it’s a national holiday, odds are there will be some fun stuff going on in your city so check out the local happenings and head out. Festivals, parades and public events can be a lot of fun and are a great excuse to rally up some friends and join the crowds. Otherwise…

 

 

…Go for a nice walk

Sometimes, nothing beats a simple walk. No pressure, no rush – just you and your feet. Whether you’re walking through the local park or through the city, put on some of your favourite music and enjoy taking in the vibe at your own leisurely pace. If, by any chance you live in Rome, London or Berlin, here are some awesome walks for you to try.

 

 

Arrange a few casual games in the park

If organising activities seems daunting, getting some friends together in a local park or green space is a lot easier. Lay down a blanket with some snacks and kick a ball around, enjoy a spot of cricket or see who is the true Frisbee master. Fun, relaxed and perfect for a day off.

 

So there you have it – plenty of ideas to try out. Enjoy your time off and remember, whatever you do, make #Time2Move.

 

 

References

1. Thrombosis UK: The Thrombosis Charity. Reducing the risk of e-thrombosis. February 2013

2. ICM interviewed a random sample of 20,258 adults ages 18-64 in twenty countries across the world through online interviewing between 17th July – 11th August 2014. Surveys were conducted across each country and the results have been weighted to the profile of all adults. ICM is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. Further information at www.icmresearch.com

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