It’s National Fitness Day, the biggest celebration of fitness and physical activity across the UK. This day is for reminding us exactly how important fitness is to our lives, no matter who we are.
And even more importantly, exercise has taken quite a turn because of Covid. More walking, no gym, working out at home, keeping yourself in a routine, trying to balance out the hours of Netflix binge-watching… it’s all so overwhelming.
One thing I can tell you is that I’ve never seen more people walking than I have since Covid started. Exercising became a way to clear your head of all the nonsense and spend some time outdoors. It seemed like everyone was participating in socially distant exercise and I can tell you it helps my mood tremendously!
Sport and physical activity can have a really positive impact on people’s lives, improving both physical and mental health
Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport
National Fitness Day is the day to celebrate the role physical activity plays across the UK. We should all know the benefit regular exercise delivers including a healthier heart, increased well being and a better quality of life. However, many of us find getting fit troubling. Here are some tips to help achieve your fitness goals:
Don’t try to be perfect, try for perfectly healthy. The best part about trying to be healthy is that it CAN BE DONE. The word perfect word can be shaming. All or nothing: either I’m perfect size two or I QUIT that gets us in trouble. Instead this about your all-around HEALTH; body, mind, and soul. And that is a life long journey… not a destination.
Find a healthy substitute for your favorite guilty pleasure. I love chocolate so I substitute the creamy milk chocolate with it’s healthier sibling dark chocolate. Tossing a few dark chocolate chips in my mouth not only satisfies my cravings but is good for me too!
Step off the scale. It’s not about weighing less it’s about the ratio of muscle to fat. Stop obsessing over every pound and start thinking about ‘being healthy’.
Work your body hard… but be kinder to yourself. Our bodies can handle hard workouts and tons of exercise, but stop over-exercising your self-esteem. Be kinder to you.
Do SOMETHING. Even if you don’t think it’s a lot, walking up the stairs instead of taking the elevator is a few more bits of exercise than you were doing before. Little things add up and turn into big results.