Karl’s Simple Top Tips for Fitness
When you start to talk about keeping fit, a lot of people go into melt-down mode and start to panic. All they can think of are hard workouts in the gym and aching muscles and this can really put them off. What they don’t realise is, it really doesn’t have to be that hard.
Yes, of course, you can join a gym or aerobics class, for example, and take your fitness to another level but if you’re someone who’s just ‘starting out’ and want to know what changes you can make to your everyday lifestyle to improve your fitness, then there are a few simple steps that you can take. These might seem really obvious to you but, believe, me they’re not always that obvious to everyone you talk to!
Like most things, it depends on where you’re starting from. If you already follow a fitness regime, then these ideas I’m going to talk about below won’t apply to you but if you’ve never set foot in a gym and have overindulged over the Holidays and really want to feel a bit more energetic then these tips are for you:
Keep it Simple
I always tell my clients that you don’t have to have fancy gym equipment to improve on your fitness, you can use what you’ve got at home:
- Try to set yourself a target each day of a few simple exercises to get everything moving….how about doing some star jumps; lunges; squats; stretches; jog on the spot.
- Run up the stairs to work up your heart rate.
- Try doing some lunges as you walk around the house (you might get some funny looks if you do this in the street!)
- Park a bit further away from the shop rather than the space as close as possible, or get off the bus or tube a stop early and walk fast rather than amble along. Some will say this is really obvious but it’s easy to forget when we’re all so busy and can easily fall into the trap of “I’ll do it next time.”
So many of us crank up the heating in the winter months and are loathe to venture outside because it’s too cold or too wet. I don’t know about you but I find this actually makes me feel more tired so my advice would be to wrap up warm and try to go for a brisk walk every day. How far you go will depend on your fitness – make it so that you enjoy this, rather than think of it as a chore….you’ll be amazed at how much more you see of your surroundings when you’re walking and you’ll feel good, too!
When walking, take some big lungsful of fresh air, ie, deep breath in and a long breath out and repeat this several times.
There’s nothing quite like that feeling of exhilaration you get after a good walk – you arrive home with rosy cheeks and, will probably want to turn the central heating down a notch!
Eat Natural Foods
I’m a big believer in eating organic, unprocessed, natural foods – I really do think we are what we eat!
If you’re looking to lose a few pounds after the excesses over the Christmas holidays then my advice would be, along with some exercise, to reduce the portion size of what’s on your plate. I read about this ages ago and do believe it works. If need be, buy yourself a smaller plate so you still feel like you’re eating as much because you’ve finished what’s on the plate….a little trick to your mind! Then, simply enjoy!
Lucy and Meg have got a great 10 day Feeling Good Guide with some wonderful tips and recipes (plus some video exercise tips from yours truly!). If you’re not sure where to start, I think you’ll find this guide really helpful – watch out for it from 1st January.
Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy 2015!
Karl, the Trainer.
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