When the fad diets have been exhausted, and endless shrink-wraps have been proven fruitless, it is time to start thinking about health the old fashioned way. The only real way to improve your fitness or lose some weight is to eat healthily and move more as a lifestyle change for the long term, not just a quick fix. Health kicks are always started with the best of intentions, but motivation can wane and the routine of exercise and diets can wear thin quite quickly. One of the best ways to stop the apathy setting in is to try and mix things up a little by varying what you are eating and the ways in which you are exercising. Munching on carrot sticks and stomping the same running route everyday is no one’s idea of fun. Invest in a few good recipe books or look online for some healthy meal ideas, and try some of these great sports and activities to get you moving.
Swimming. Most people learn to swim as a child, and then as they get older they stop making trips to the pool and forget about swimming unless on holiday. Not only is swimming great fun though, it is also a brilliant aerobic and toning exercise. If you have kids, then taking them to the pool for a splash is great, and helps them gain a skill that will last a lifetime. Take your partner or a friend along so you can do a few lengths knowing the children are in safe hands. If it is the thought of wearing a swimsuit that puts you off swimming, you are not alone. But with so many different styles and cuts available there is no need to shy away from the water. Take a look at some of the swimwear from George at ASDA designed for ladies of all shapes and sizes.
Walks. People don’t walk anywhere near as much as they used to. Even short journeys are now done in cars and a weekend stroll for pleasure is a dying pastime. Walking is underrated. Whether it is a quick jaunt to and from work, or an afternoon spent exploring local countryside, walking is just as good a form of exercise as any other. It gives you an opportunity to collect your thoughts, take in some fresh air and gets your body moving. You don’t need a dog or children as an excuse to go for a wander, but they are certainly great motivation to get outside.
Dance. The arrival of Zumba onto the gym circuit has gone some way to reviving dance as a form of exercise, but there are still many more ways to get dancing into your exercise routine. Whether you just fancy dancing at home in your living room, or want to revisit childhood talents by finding a ballet class, there are health and fitness benefits to all kinds of dance, not to mention the fact that it’s great fun. Finding something you enjoy to incorporate into your new healthy lifestyle is the first part of the challenge. Keeping things fresh and swapping in new hobbies when you start to get bored is the second. Don’t get to the point of resenting your new lifestyle – instead change things around until you love it again. Only then will it be a switch for good. BMS.