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Is your health an investment or an expense?

Posted on 26/07/2018

People are starting to see exercise as more than the 3 times per week repetitive trip to the gym.  Exercise is a lifestyle, a way to meet new people, get involved in fun physical activities, kick-start your metabolism and keep your mental fitness in tip top condition.

Regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on depression, anxiety, ADHD, and more. It also relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better, and boosts your overall mood.

Inactive lifestyles can cause health problems, especially as we age.  So why not challenge yourself and have fun at the same?  Whether it’s walking the dog, playing tennis, boxing or belly dancing, most forms of activity can boost your circulation, strength and stamina, helping to banish stress.

Trying something new and making lifestyle changes requires effort, persistence and motivation and ultimately this is down to you. Doubt, fear and worry will only slow you down. 

Is it time to step out of your comfort zone and take personal responsibility for your lifestyle choices?   

Are you concerned that you are not fit enough to participate in physical activity or you simply don’t know where to start?.

Here are some top tips and advice on getting started from Jake Wilkins, Senior PT at Body & Mind Reboot.

Tip 1- Set a goal. Make your goal time dependant. Make small realistic manageable micro goals that act as check points to help you get closer to your goals step by step.

Tip 2- Take control of your food. Food is fuel for the body. Why would you want to damage your waist line and health by fuelling it with rubbish? Eat rubbish and you’ll feel rubbish. Start with the basics, eat more fibrous green veg, drink more water, cut out/down on the sugars but don’t eliminate them completely because you’ll end up craving them more and you’ll have more chances of falling of the wagon…remember the wagon won’t slow down for you, it’s up to you to chase it back down and jump back on it.

Tip 3- Start with eating your 3 meals a day and take each day as it comes. If you slip up its not the end of the world so don’t beat yourself up over it… tomorrow is a new day so you can make up for the mistake you made yesterday.

Tip 4- Make an action plan. How many times a week are you going to train? What are you going to train? Just turning up to the gym and winging it isn’t going to cut the mustard. Planning is key. If you’re stuck, you can always seek professional help or take a look on YouTube or Instagram…plenty of free and useful content out there.

Tip 5- Finally…

Just do it. Stop stalling and stop waiting for that perfect time or until next week…Get up, set some goals, get motivated and get moving. Health is wealth!

 

Back Author : Ann Marie Robinson & Sheila Lord

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