Today we have a sponsored post with a few simple and actionable tips to help you shed a few extra lbs!
Every now and again, usually after a particular period of over-indulgence like a holiday or Christmas, some of us will embark on a hugely ambitious new exercise regime. Just like faddy diets, these punishing regimes are hard to stick to, and most of us end up quitting after a few days or weeks.
However, you don’t need to run a marathon or spend hours in the gym every day in order to keep fit and enjoy a healthier lifestyle. A few simpler, gentler types of exercise integrated in your daily routine are not only better for your heart and fitness, but they are also much easier to stick to because you often don’t realise that you’re doing exercise.
Here are some tips to get you started:
- Walk everywhere. Unlike running, walking is low impact so it is easier on your joints. It may not burn as many calories as running, but a brisk walk can still be very good for your heart. It’s also more practical if you have a destination in mind, as running virtually guarantees that you’ll arrive sweaty and in need of a shower.
- Get a bike. If you’d like to do more cardio exercise than walking, cycling could be the answer. It’s a low cost, eco-friendly form of transport and it’ll get the blood pumping and your muscles working.
- 10 minute workouts. Brisk exercise for 10 minutes at a time isn’t hard to do, but it could make you a lot healthier. Design yourself a short routine to follow, but make sure to change it up often so you don’t get bored.
- Dance around the house. Putting on the radio when cooking dinner or cleaning the house and dancing while you work is a fantastic way to get exercise while doing other things, and it’s really fun too! You can even get the kids involved and have a dance party – getting them active and moving at a young age is a great idea.
- Join a team. Exercising can feel a bit pointless when you’re not travelling anywhere or there’s no particular purpose, but if you’re playing a sport or training for an event, this gives you a clear goal to focus on. Joining in with team sports also makes exercise more fun, so much so that you can forget that you’re doing it.
If you need more advice on how to live healthier, in ways that are sustainable and easy to stick to, consulting an expert could be a good idea. With a personal appointment at facility like The Wilmslow Hospital, you could find out about everything from nutrition and diet to the best types of exercise for your lifestyle.