It is easy to think that to get fit you need to buy some fancy gear and sign up to the nearest gym, but with rows of treadmills, complex looking machines and a foreboding free weights area your ambitious plans to go every day can quickly disappear! Depending on your goals and personality a gym may be perfect for you, but it is not the only option.
Being active has many more benefits than just weight loss - increased cardiovascular health, improved mobility and flexibility and healthier emotional well being and although your choice of activities may change and develop over time, ultimately the activities you choose should be:
Dust off the Wii Fit and get moving that way. If you enjoy running go for it. Play with the kids in the park or even make Pokemon Go a family activity! I have seen people get great results from increasing the distance of their daily dog walks and many Idle businesses are supporting the Idle and Thackley Rock walks so get painting and join in. If activities include other people you are more likely to make the time and everyone benefits.
As a Personal Trainer I often get asked what is the best programme or exercises to achieve a given goal. For fitness and health the best advice is to choose something you enjoy and will keep doing often enough to see the benefits. Joining a gym may be your best option, especially with the great British weather! They have brilliant facilities and classes as well as knowledgeable instructors and Personal Trainers that can aid your journey and potentially help you make progress much quicker. With my clients I always emphasize that all activity adds up and will benefit fitness and health.
So think about what you enjoy doing and will be able to keep doing and Move It!
This article was originally published in the July issue of Idle Talk Magazine.