Last year, the second-most popular new year’s resolution – after eating healthier foods – was to exercise more. And for good reason! Exercise is the best way to keep your body healthy and reduce the risk of getting ill when you are older.

Staying fit also helps your mental health too. Have you ever felt a rush of energy and excitement while running around outside with your friends? That is because exercise releases a hormone (a chemical in your body) that makes you feel happy.

As the NHS puts it: “Exercise is the miracle cure we’ve always had.”

To stay fit, aim for at least 20 minutes per day doing a variety of activities. That could mean a game of football one day, a bike ride the next, and some yoga the day after that! If you are not a naturally sporty person, don’t worry – there is something out there for everyone. Keep trying different activities until you find some that you enjoy.

Whatever you choose, remember to pace yourself and drink lots of water as you go. Exercise is not about being the best, sportiest person around. It is about looking after yourself and having fun! How will you stay fit in 2020?

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  1. Do this five-minute exercise routine as a class. You don’t even have to leave your desks to make it work! Afterwards, discuss how it made you all feel.
  2. Plan your dream obstacle course. What will it have? Slides? Climbing walls? Hurdles? Be as creative as you like.