10 tips to staying active all year round

Running to stay healthIt can be difficult to keep in shape and to keep yourself up and about – particularly when the warmer months give way to Autumn and Winter – but it is of course important to your health, wellbeing and vitality to ensure that your body is on the go as much as possible.  It’s recommended that we each walk at least 10,000 steps per day – but can many of us truly say that we definitely achieve this, particularly in colder parts of the year?  It’s just as much about staying psychologically motivated as it is about physical exertion, too – and here are ten ideas to help get you moving when you may be least inspired!

  1. Evaluate Your Lifestyle

Your lifestyle, budget, local area, available time and physical ability will all have an impact on how much exercise and activity you can actually undertake – therefore, it’s a good first step to ensure you know your limits and plan ahead.

  1. Source out local amenities

Even if it is just a case of finding a local park for walking or jogging, or signing up for a gym membership – keeping an eye on your local options, such as clubs and groups, will also help inspire you to get up, out and moving.

  1. Keep an eye on the weather

We’ve all made plans to go for a 5am jog but have then cancelled due to a splash of rain or two!  Plan ahead by checking weather forecasts so you don’t give your procrastinating side the opportunity!

  1. Find fun physical things to try

Exercise doesn’t have to be boring.  Fun activities can include playing with or walking dogs, playing sports for fun, or even a spot of salsa dancing – whatever it takes to get you out of your seat, get thinking about what really pushes your buttons!

  1. Find inspiration at home

Keeping exercise equipment at home such as a bike, a skipping rope or even a kettlebell or two will inspire you to get active in your own home – so that you can take initiative no matter what the weather may be.

  1. Get physical at home

If you don’t own any of the above mentioned equipment, you can be just as active while taking on chores and tasks – while they may be boring, vacuuming and tidying can be made more exciting by listening to your favourite music in the background.  It’s an easy and productive way to stay active.

  1. Make an effort

Use the car to pop down the shops?  Why not walk there?  Why not use the stairs instead of the lift?  It’s switching out little things for minimal physical effort that can make all the difference in the long term.

  1. Get the family involved

Inspiration will be at its highest when there’s more than one of you invested in a task or program.  If you’re part of family that’s likely to want to get out and do more, make a plan to do so on a regular basis.bikes on a cliff

  1. Get social

If the family can’t be convinced, then why not find a friend – or make new ones – to help make exercise a more sociable affair at gyms, clubs and groups in your local area?

  1. Find exercise you enjoy

Most importantly of all, don’t pressurise yourself into exercise that you aren’t likely to enjoy.  This hardly breeds inspiration – and the more you enjoy something, the more you’ll do it!

For more expert advice or a consultation on how you can be more active in your everyday life, call Hertfordshire Chiropractic Clinic today on 01707 3777 97 – we’ll be happy to help you wherever we can!

Woman on treadmillThe Importance of Stretching When Exercising

Many people overlook the importance of making sure they warm up and prepare properly for exercise – and a key part of getting ready and warmed up is stretching.  After all, without proper stretching and preparation, you could put yourself at risk of injury in both the short and long term.

Stretching is essential to help prevent injury during exercise – this is perhaps the most crucial reason for doing so.  Muscles and joints which are not warmed up or stretched correctly will lack fluidity and will therefore be more stubborn to move freely during sustained exercise.  Stretching will warm up your muscles and therefore prepare your body for movement. With the correct practice, good form and technique; you really will reap the benefits of proper stretching and correct preparation for exercise. You can never do enough to prepare your body for exercise, in fact, the more, the better!

Stretching also helps aid the body in avoiding muscle soreness by ensuring that blood and nutrients are delivered throughout your body evenly – and it’s also crucial to help maintain a healthy posture, as otherwise, you may risk putting yourself at risk of aches, pains and muscle restrictions that could lead to an extensive period of time and money putting straight.

 

stretch before excersiseWhich Stretch is for me?

For any advice you may need, if you are starting to exercise or are unsure whether or not you are using the right technique for your routine, Hertfordshire Chiropractic Clinic will be happy and willing to help you with a host of advice and guides on how you can prepare your body and make the most of a great workout that will benefit your body and form long term.

Just as important as warming up is cooling down – this is the process whereby your body will gradually re-adjust to returning to a relaxed state, allowing your heart rate to return to a resting rate and helping you to avoid any unnecessary dizziness – and to also help your body from storing up any potentially painful lactic acid.  The correct form and technique before and after exercise will not only help you get the best results, but will also help relax you and prepare you for taking on sustained movement.  After all, you’re not likely to be in it for the pain!

If you would like advice, support or a consultation on stretching or how to better improve your exercise regimen, Hertfordshire Chiropractic Clinic can help you – simply contact us via 01707 3777 97 and one of our team will be able to talk you through your personal regime, or will even arrange an appointment with you so that you can directly benefit from our expert advice and years of guidance.  Start enjoying exercise today – and contact us for more information at your convenience!


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