Health and Fitness For Beginners – Getting Exercise Into Your Day

I am sure at some point in time (usually after looking at our naked selves in the mirror) we all decide to improve our fitness / get fit. For me it’s always in January after a very indulgent Christmas or when I see an elderly lady bend herself into all sorts of shapes when I can barely touch my toes.

Usually when I decide to get fit I will run down to the local leisure centre and sign up for some high intensity class like Body Attack and find myself gasping for air and clinging to my life as I’m subjected to numerous jumping jacks and burpees.

Needless to say it’s not long before I give up and go back to just admiring all the fitness gurus in their online videos and pining over all the before and after pictures of people who go from flab to abs.

The fact is though, that we all have to start somewhere. Here are some top ways to build exercise into your daily routine and improve your overall fitness.

Top ways to improve your fitness:

1) Walking

This is by far the easiest thing to do and it doesn’t cost anything. Walking just five minutes is a good place to start depending on your level of fitness and then slowly build this to ten minutes, twenty minutes and so on.

2) Cycling

I love cycling – when it’s flat roads and down hill. As soon as I see the smallest of slopes I’m off the bike and walking with facial expressions to show how grueling and hard it is. But that’s not really going to get me anywhere.

When it comes to the slopes, ride as far as you can and embrace the muscle burn.

3) Dancing – Zumba Class

Zumba classes are great fun and don’t even feel like exercise.

4) Yoga

I find Yoga a bit daunting myself, the classes I have tried are usually packed with regulars so they have their crop tops and their tight leggings and if you are behind one of these people you will see all sorts when they bend over.

Luckily there are many Yoga videos on YouTube for beginners so I recommend trying those before going to the classes or try Hatha Yoga which is meant to be suitable for stiff people like myself.

Benefits of exercise:

  • Improves your cardiovascular health
  • Produces endorphins which make you happy
  • Improves your confidence
  • You’ll eventually get fitter

Whatever exercise you decide to do, I think it actually helps to look good doing it! Why not check out our health and wellbeing range.

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