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When I was younger every new year I would set another goal to get fitter. Every year I started off with the best of intentions. I’d join a gym and go every day. By February I would only be going 3 times a month and by March I’d stop going at all. I’d then repeat this cycle every year, for years!
Clearly, that is not a good system to use. This year I’m doing things a little different. Instead of going in the full whack at the start I’m slowly introducing more exercise into my daily life without the pressure and stress.
So far throughout January, I have increased the amount of walking I do. I’m still not up to the recommended 10,000 a day, I’m averaging about 8,000 but that’s fine by me. At least I’m moving more.
In February I want to look at potentially joining the local health club. In the Spring I’d like to buy a kayak as we now live right by the water.
If you’re unsure of what kind of exercise is right for you and your body then it may be worth seeking out professional help to start you off. A personal fitness trainer like Trevor McClintock would be able to help you with this.
Simple Ways to Get Fit
Walking is an underrated form of exercise. When I was doing my 10,000 steps a day challenge for Cancer Research I not only lost weight but my general fitness levels increased too.
Try parking your car a little further away from the office, school or town and walk the rest of the way instead. Those extra steps all add up.
Cleaning can be a great way to exercise as it’s something that most people do anyway. The best way to really raise your heartbeat is to speed clean. Set a timer for 30 mins – 1 hour and in that time you have to get everything done. If you’re not hot and sweaty by the time you’ve finished you’re not doing it right.
On average you can burn between 100-300 calories every hour by cleaning. As an example ironing for 20 minutes can burn 50 calories.
Drink More Water
Getting fitter doesn’t just entail exercising. The better you feel on the inside the easier you’ll find it to exercise. Drinking more water has multiple health benefits including:
- Aiding digestion
- Clearer skin
- Increased energy levels
- Flushing out toxins
- Can aid in weight loss
The daily recommended amount is between 8 & 10 glasses a day. I’ve found the easiest way to increase my water intake is to always have my water bottle to hand. It sits on my desk and I just regularly take sips. My sister has a very nifty water bottle with measurements on the side so you know exactly how much you’ve had.
Try Quick Calorie Burning Exercises
For some people, the thought of having to go to an exercise class that lasts a whole hour can be pretty daunting. It can put people off before they start. Instead, why not consider doing some quick calorie burning exercises at home. Even 10 minutes a day would make a difference.
Some examples of high-calorie burning exercises include:
- Power walking
- Jumping jacks
- Walk up and down stairs
- Dance around the house
So what about you? What simple ways to get fit could you introduce into your daily routine?