Everyday Tips to Get Fit and Feel Great

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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At the start of the year I think most of us vowed to get fitter, exercise more and generally live a healthier lifestyle. I've been pinning articles on Pinterest and having a good read about what a healthier lifestyle involves, and brushing up on tips and tricks to make it as simple as possible. One thing that keeps cropping up is the importance of an overall lifestyle change and incorporating healthy habits, you don’t have to spend hours working out in a gym or running ten miles a day each week in order to get yourself fit. You don't have to invest in a gym membership or even purchase expensive equipment, a good way to start is with a good pair of walking shoes and half hour walks every day.

Walking is probably the simplest form of exercise you can do, it costs nothing and is a good option if you're just starting out. Research has even shown that people who walk for thirty minutes a day expend more energy than those who visit a gym once a week. Every step you take counts, there are loads of tips for getting those extra steps in. Park the car further away from the shops, get off the bus a stop early or take the stairs rather than the lift- you actually burn more calories per minute climbing stairs than you would jogging! At weekends go for a long walk but make it enjoyable rather than see it as a chore, if you have a dog take them out- half an hour will be over and done with before you know it. Taking a ball or frisbee to the park (once the weather warms up a bit!) and playing games is another fun and easy way to burn off some calories without it even feeling like effort.

Cycling is another low-impact form of exercising that I'm especially keen on, I have an stationary exercise bike although I'd love to get out there on a proper one this summer and go on a bike ride on a cycling trail. Jogging is another option but if you're just starting out it's important not to do too much too soon. Starting with twenty minutes of walking and jogging three times a week is your best bet, slowly increasing the ratio of time until you're able to jog for the entire period. To help overcome aching muscles, reduce swelling and provide additional warmth on those cold winter days, you may find it's worth investing in a compression sleeve; check out the Tommie Copper collection, where you will find a wide range of options. Other benefits of these include providing protection if you happen to trip or fall (always handy for me, I'm the clumsiest person in the world) and helping prevent scratches from bushes and undergrowth when running along country trails.  We all know how keeping fit improves overall health, makes you feel better and promotes a feeling of wellbeing and so making just a little bit of extra time to incorporate some of these things is worth the effort. It doesn't have to be difficult or expensive, and developing a more positive outlook on life thanks to the endorphins released during exercise makes it all worthwhile. 

Do you have any tips for improving fitness?



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5 comments

  1. I actually used to adore cycling, no idea why I stopped now!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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    1. I want to get a bike and go cycling but I'm a bit nervous I'd fall off and do myself an injury haha I'm so clumsy. Definitely need to give it a try though x

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  2. I actually walk quite a lot now that I'm thinking about it! I also like to run up and down stairs instead of just normal climbing. It's a really good sport, apparently. x

    ZoesSecretStyle.blogspot.co.il

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    1. running up stairs is a killer, definitely a good way to burn calories! x

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  3. I've actually been working out so much since I started college! I thought I would get really lazy but I've actually been super motivated to stay in shape! These are some great ideas, though. Cycling can be a killer workout! Great post :)

    xx
    Kendra | It's a Bug's Life

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