TOP TIPS FOR GETTING ACTIVE THIS SPRING
Whether your New Year's resolutions didn't quite make it past January, or you're looking to get fit in time for a summer holiday, the beautiful bright spring days are the perfect motivation to kick start your fitness regime.
The chances are, you'll feel better, both mentally and physically for making a few small, healthy changes, and what’s more it doesn't have to involve a costly gym membership or unrealistic lifestyle alterations.
Why not glance over our quick fit tips below for some inspiration to put the spring back into your step?
Power-walking is a great yet simple way to get your heart rate up. Whether you're pushing the pram around the block or walking to work, you'll feel better for the fresh air. Walking with friends is also a great way to find time to catch up - without that calorific coffee and cake!
In addition, sporty trainers are on trend right now, so there’s tons of choice and on the plus side they’ll look great with your regular casual outfits too - but just make sure they support your feet properly when you’re walking.
Adidas Pink Flux Trainers, £72 from Schuh
Bust some moves
Throwing yourself into heavy exercise programmes straight away can be discouraging as you're likely to tire quickly, so build up your stamina by starting off with some light aerobic exercise, such as dancing. You'll soon notice gradual improvements and it is so much fun you'll forget you're even exercising.
Strictly Come Dancing: The Show Stoppers, £3.78 from Amazon
Keep a Log
Writing down your daily exercise and eating habits can help alert you to habitually unhealthy behaviour, as well as highlighting when you've done especially well and deserve a pat on the back. It may also help you to monitor your mood, so you can look back at times of low motivation and remind yourself why you're making lifestyle changes.
Food Diary and Exercise Log by Dr Mark Phillips, £6.68 at WHSmith
Every Step Counts
The NHS recommends that you should aim to walk 10,000 steps per day. This sounds like a lot but you’ll be surprised at how quickly they add up. Taking the stairs instead of the lift and walking short distances rather than relying on the car are great places to start.
Target Fitness Pro Pedometer, £3.99 from Argos
Essentials Vitamins and Minerals
It's important to make sure you're eating a balanced diet and getting all those essential vitamins and minerals; particularly if you're lacking nutrients from a certain food group. If you're a vegetarian for example, it's important to stock up on lots of veg, nuts and seeds to reach your recommended protein intake. Vitamins and supplements can also help you feel more energised and keep those nasty coughs and colds at bay.
Browse Vitamins and Supplements at Boots
The key to feeling great every day is getting the right amount of sleep, which is between 6-8 hours if you're an adult. To help you wind down at night, ensure you switch off all electronic distractions and perhaps read a book. Practicing mindfulness and meditation is also a great way to help you switch off that busy brain, and ensure you get the rest you deserve.
The Power of Meditation by Sharon Shalzberg, £12.99 at Waterstones
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