To celebrate National Fitness Day in the United Kingdom, here’s a very quick run down on the easiest – not to mention cheapest – ways to stay healthy.
Hydration is absolutely integral to a healthy lifestyle. Consuming between 1.5–2 litres a day is what’s general advised, but it’s worth noting that it doesn’t have to be purely fluid. Foods like tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers are packed full of water and count towards your daily intake. Staying hydrated speeds up your metabolism, helps absorb nutrients from food and improves your digestive system.
Get plenty of rest. Adults should get between seven and nine hours of sleep per night to aid their physical and mental well-being. Among other things, good, regular sleep can help stabilise weight, improve concentration, lower stress and curb the inflammation that is linked to the likes of stroke, diabetes and heart disease.
Walking can often be underrated. If you’re at work all day, sat at a desk, taking a break to go for a walk can be a great benefit and is a practical course of action for just about everyone. Even if you find walking difficult you can increase your distance, or speed, with gradual increments. Walking is a fantastic way to build stamina and cut calories.
Snacking doesn’t mean pigging out, simply choosing the right things to snack on. It’s possible to snack regularly on delicious food and still stay healthy. Rather than crisps, cakes and sweets, think about almonds, fresh berries, yoghurt, grapes and popcorn (without the sugar). Even having small treats, such as dark chocolate, is better in the long run rather than setting yourself up for a fall with unrealistic targets.
Work from home
Workouts don’t have to mean getting to the gym, the pool or the studio. There are a huge amount of exercise routines, Pilates or yoga-based exercises that you can do in the comfort of your own home. For those with enough previous knowledge and experience it can be done from memory, but for those needing a bit of guidance there are a whole host of routines that can be found online. Just move the coffee table to one side and roll out the yoga mat.
Head here to find out more about UK National Fitness Day.