runner treadDid you know that less than five per cent of adults take 30 minutes of physical activity each day – which means only one in three adults gets the right amount of exercise each week? Are you one of them?

It might feel like the hardest thing in the world – but once you start, you will never look back. It makes you feel better, makes you look better and studies tell us that it can help us live longer. So why do we resist it so much?

You’re tired, we get that. Modern-day family life is relentless – we are like little mice on a 24/7 treadmill. But if you can just get off your sofa and give it a try.. you’ll find exercise will give you more energy.

Let’s face it, there’s not one of us who hasn’t benefited from a nice stroll in the outdoors. It not only helps our bodies but our well-being too. And if you let it, exercise can be a useful anchor in your life.

Research tells us regular exercise can help improve your mental well-being too, such as :

• Releasing feel-good brain chemicals that may ease depression (neurotransmitters, endorphins and endocannabinoids)

• Reducing immune system chemicals that can worsen depression

•Increasing body temperature, which may have calming effects

And once you have established that you want some exercise, you have to find which one you would enjoy the most. And which suits your lifestyle.

For many mums having something in the house helps. A DVD; some dumb-bells or for the more adventurous among us, even some keep fit treadmills machines. Just imagine being able to get a decent work-out in your own home; great for mums who are juggling sleeping kids and school-run pick ups and drop offs.

Here’s our yummymummybeauty tips…

1. Make exercise a habit; commit to at least twice a week for month and work from there.

2. Find an exercise buddy; which means when you can’t be bothered, you will push yourself rather than let the other person down.

3. Find an exercise you like, start with walking; 20 minutes, three times a week.

4. Indulge in retail therapy – and buy some great looking work-out gear. Look fab while you work off the flab.

5. Download your favourite tunes – and let the music lift you, making exercise a whole lot easier.