Have you made a new years resolution this year to get fitter, healthier and happier? Have you told yourself the same thing perhaps, for the past few years? Do you look on in envy at those individuals who seem far more proactive and happier than your tired self and wonder, just how do they do it? How do they find the time?
The benefits of a healthy lifestyle are a very ranged and varied process, sometimes, at least to the casual onlooker, this hill is far too steep to climb and many will fall by the wayside regressing into comforts that they know far to well, i.e. the easier option. Lets be realistic first and foremost, that will to improve is possibly the hardest part to becoming healthier and happier in yourself. Sometimes the overwhelming amount of information on such a subject can even turn away the most open-minded individual, Do I need supplements and vitamins? Do I need to pay much more to keep fit than previously thought? Do I need a strict schedule?
First off, lets look at cheap and pretty unremarkable options that can make a world of difference in not only the way you live, but the way you see yourself. Walking. Walking is a basic function, and yet walking for a period on average of around 30 minutes a day can vastly improve health risks relating to obesity, high blood pressure and improving overall bone health. Best of all, it’s free a relatively easy to do! Generally any form of physical exercise is encouraged but adding it to a modern lifestyle and working hours can be understandably tricky.
A somewhat less cheaper alternative (but still cheap) is simple access to swimming facilities. Many in the slightly older, and younger demographic would prefer this rather than exerting themselves outside, either due to self-consciousness or simply because it proves to be much warmer than your average English brisk weather. Swimming continues to be one of the top recreational sports available us today and is often taught to us at a very young age. The health benefits of swimming are very thorough to the human body and as an aerobic exercise swimming, like other forms of its type, encourage circulation while reducing high blood pressure. Swimming also has therapeutic qualities aiding in anxiety and depression, and with a hectic lifestyle, this can prove all the more valuable with today’s work ethic. Besides the benefits, swimming is a very enjoyable past time and can surprisingly be, quite sociable.
Physical exercise can be maintained at your own pace. Never however, overexert yourself or stretch yourself too far, ease into a comfortable rhythm and schedule and find what works for you.
When you mention health, the word diet is never far behind and with a stable and varied diet combined with physical exercise you can really hit your peak for the day. Although not many can keep up with a very self-aware healthy diet, most people can limit what they intake. The usual greens and balancing act with fats, carbohydrates and proteins is always the aim in this goal, just be careful when going too far.
With all this to consider, check out your local fitness/recreational centre, UK Fitness Blog or even do your own research. Join in and finally get involved in living better, and feeling better in yourself.
By Fitness Fan, a Training and Lifestyle blog.