Exercise – a good place to start

So here you are, you’ve committed to a healthier lifestyle and you know exercise is going to be part of the plan but where do you start?

The world of exercise can be a daunting place, gym subscriptions, specialist classes, clubs, kits, equipment…there is so much out there, you might find yourself a little bit overwhelmed by it all.

The number one key point, more important than any other rule is that it should be something you enjoy, something you look forward to.  If you find yourself dreading the thought of going to your next session, then there is no way in the world you will stick to it….in the end, the best laid plans will fail.

Exercise does not have to be a regimented routine, just get more active in life.  Try these simple ideas for starters:

  • Go for an early morning or evening swim.

A swim in the morning really sets you up for the day, you’ll be calm and relaxed and ready for anything, including grumpy children, angry boss or awkward customers!  If you prefer, an evening swim helps you unwind from all of the above.

  • Walk the dog….really walk the dog

Not just a quick round the block and do your business, we’re talking finding a wood or a field and going for a nice long walk…it’s very easy to lose 45 minutes on a walk and your four-legged friend will be thanking you too.  If you don’t have a dog, it’s fine, you can just walk and have an explore.

  • Take the kids to the park…and play too

You are never to old to get on the swings, spin the roundabout or run around on a game of hide and seek…we see so many parents sitting on the benches watching, but come on, we all secretly want to be doing it too.

  • Visit a trampoline park…for an extra workout, take the kids!

Seriously, if you’ve ever taken kids to these places you’ll know the effort involved in keeping up with them.  Best of all, you don’t even need kids, take your mates instead.

  • Go sightseeing or out to local events

You can easily do five miles in London, easily.  Get out to your local attractions and you’ll be surprised at how many miles you can clock up in a day.

  • Have a friends and family picnic and take a bat and ball

This is a sure fire favourite…all take a bit of food, drink and some games and lose yourself in the day.  It’s amazing how much fun a football can be or if there are enough of you, get the rounders bats out.

There are lots of fun things to do that will get you active and it’s a good way to get your body moving.  Take care to know your limits and don’t overdo it in the beginning.

You might want to consider building your core strength too…some simple core exercises will help align your posture and create a strong toned body.