3 steps to getting fitter, healthier and feeling amazing
Did you have a New Year’s Resolution this year? Maybe you decided to take up a new hobby or start socialising more often.
For many people, resolutions involve a lifestyle change. It’s a fresh start to the year and a potential ‘new you’. If you want to get fitter and healthier this year, here are some ideas to get you started.
Regardless of the exercise you choose, staying active will not only help your body but also your mind. It might be a bit of a struggle in the beginning, particularly if you haven’t done any exercise for a while. If you stick with it you though will feel your muscles becoming stronger, your body shape changing, and your recovery times reducing. It’s a good idea to try several different activities to see what you enjoy and what you don’t. If you can’t stand cycling, for example, stop. Doing something you dread will only demotivate you. Going to the gym is something which many people love doing and might be a good starting point. With such a wide range of equipment, you can work every muscle in your body, giving you a great all-round workout. You can also get a fitness programme and one-on-one help to keep you on track. Most gyms have trainers that will work with you and push you to reach your goals. Whether you are looking for a personal trainer in Telford, Newcastle or Aberdeen, you should be able to find one no problem.
Eating a balanced diet
Whilst making a B-line for chocolate or other comfort food is something that many of us enjoy, it’s a good idea to do it in moderation. Everyone deserves a bit of a treat now and again, but it’s important to keep your refined sugar intake to a minimum where possible. A balanced diet consists of vegetables, protein, fruit, whole grains, and healthy fats. If you get the right balance you will notice changes to your hair, skin, and nails as well as your energy levels. It will also aid a restful night’s sleep. Meal planning is a great way to stick to a healthy eating plan as you are less likely to reach for ready meals or other processed foods when you get home from a hard day’s work. Staying hydrated is also exceptionally important so try to drink around 2 litres of water a day if you can.
Drinking alcohol isn’t good for you. It can cause dehydration and the smallest amount will affect your sleep. A good, regular sleeping pattern is good for our bodies and our minds so consuming alcohol regularly isn’t a great idea. If you do want to drink, do it in moderation. If you are having a night out with friends and everyone else is drinking, try to have a glass of water in between each drink. Your head and your body will thank you for it in the morning!