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02:51

Spring Fitness Tips...

 

springsun

 

3 April 2013

 

The sun has finally made an appearance! In the last post, we talked about the benefits of outdoors exercise, and now is the time to break away from that boring gym routine and reignite your motivation.

A spring fitness plan might be a challenge if you have been indoors for a few months and struggled to haul yourself off the couch. You have a better chance of reaching your fitness goals if you start slowly, choose enjoyable activities and increase your activity as your fitness level improves.

Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Be realistic. If you have taken a step back in your fitness regime over winter, don’t try and do an hour of cardio, six days a week. You’ll only get frustrated and will be more likely to give up on your routine. Set realistic goals that will build you up to your desired level of fitness.
  • Bring your regular gym workout outdoors. One fun way to freshen up your exercise routine is to take your typical workout outside. Treadmill runner? Hit the river path or park for your jog. Class regular? Look for outdoor classes in London Parks. Try to set a goal to take your workout outdoors at least once a week – a change of scenery will do wonders for your motivation.
  • Train and sign up for a race or an event. Spring is the ideal time to train for an event. There are a lot of summer events to take part in whether you’re a walker, runner, cyclist or looking for something even more challenging like the Tough Mudder. Adding positive goals to your fitness routine will give you an added reason to get fit besides losing weight, and it’s great fun and an accomplishment to complete a challenge.
  • Spring clean your pantry. Throw away foods with low nutritional value, like chocolate (yes, even that sixth Easter egg you’ve been hiding), chips, sugary cereals etc. Load up on low GI, healthy foods that will give you energy and help you stick to your workout routine and fitness goals.

 


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11:10

Time to spring clean… your exercise routine!

 

dawn-hyde-park

 

13 March 2013

 

Outdoor exercise provides many benefits

 

It’s just about that time of year to dust ourselves off, emerge from our hibernation and stretch our limbs outdoors! Some of us may have been motivated enough to get to the gym over winter, and that’s admirable. But let’s face it – it’s so much more inspiring to be able to breathe fresh air and feel the sun on your skin when you’re working out.

 

And if you need any more convincing, there are loads of reasons why outdoor exercise is more beneficial to health than sweating it out in a crowded gym. Here are just a few:

 

  1. Mental health: Outdoor physical activity has a 50 percent greater positive effect on mental health than going to the gym. Researchers from Glasgow University found that walking, running, biking and other outdoor activities in green space lowered stress. Outdoor exercise has been associated with greater decreases in tension, confusion, anger and depression when compared to indoor activity. Even just five minutes of exercise in a green space can improve mood and self-esteem.

     

  2. More energy: Exercise itself is sure to reinvigorate you when you're feeling sluggish, but fresh air can up the effect. Just 20 minutes outside can rev you up as much as a cup of coffee… and is far more beneficial.

     

  3. Higher Vitamin D Levels: After the winter, we could ALL use some more of this mood-boosting vitamin. It also plays an important role in improving how our bodies are able to fight off disease and infection. It may be especially helpful for people with a few pounds to lose, since overweight people are almost twice as likely to not get enough vitamin D.

     

  4. More activity: It has been observed that people who exercise outdoors are more likely to stick at it. The fresh air, the sunlight, the scenery and the open space all seem to inspire more activity. It’s simple - the more you enjoy your workout, the more likely you will be to do it again.

 

So now that the weather is getting warmer, put these benefits to the test. You’ll be happier and healthier for the effort!

 


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