This section encourages you to be as fit and as active as possible. The aim is to get you moving and increase your capability. It's not just about improving your health though, as you're going to feel better when you've been active.
It's all about running your own race and not being put off by what other people are doing. You need to find activities that suit you and that you'll enjoy doing. You also need to remember that little things make a huge difference when it comes to getting active.
This section can help you:
- Find motivation
- Identify the right activities
- Look and feel better
- Improve your health and fitness
- Live longer
I can't think of any other area that's more essential to your health and wellbeing. Getting active can also help you feel better and connect with people.
In around 2 minutes, you'll be able to start planning your activities and may even want to go and and get active right away.
How to Get Active
This section is all about getting up and getting active, so there isn’t a practical exercise that’s going to get you going. I can help you plan though and think about what you’d like to achieve.
I'm sure I don't need to tell you how important it is to be as fit and active as you can. As well as the obvious health benefits, the natural chemical changes in the body can be a great way to reduce stress and anxiety. It can also lead us to a more disciplined and focussed approach as we work towards our goals.
Who wouldn't want to enhance their capabilities, increase the chances of living longer and look and feel better?
I think most people are unlikely to achieve the right balance when it comes to being active and this can range from doing nothing to doing too much and becoming obsessed with it. People also see high performers and get put off. To a lot of people, getting fit is like climbing a mountain, so I'm going to help you turn it into a gentle stroll.
There's a reason this section is called 'Get Active' rather that 'Get Fit' or 'Make Sure You Run Five Miles a Day'. It focuses on encouraging you to start slowly, take small steps and choose activities you'll love doing.
The most important aspect by far though is that it encourages you to 'run your own race' and not be put off with what others are doing.
We constantly see people in the gym, out running or on bikes and immediate compare ourselves to them. We're also bombarded with images of the perfect body as the fitness industry tries to sell us something else we don't need. This is all about moving past that mindset though and focussing what you can do, and what you need to do.
Here are the steps I suggest you take to get going:
Decide What You Want to Do
If you’re not in shape, I’d start off by thinking of small ways you can be more active. Everyone seems to head straight out on a run, bike ride or gym session, but these can be tremendously hard work when you start off. Chances are, you won’t want to continue when you're tired and sore the next day and your fitness kick will soon be forgotten.
Can you walk somewhere instead of taking the car, take the stairs instead of a lift and are there any activities you can do on the move?
Slowly easing into being more active should get you used to it and help you start developing healthy habits. It’s then a good idea to plan out what you’d really like to do to get more active.
Take time to think about what’s available in your area and what you’d like to pursue. Are there gyms close by and what activities could you take part in? You could also look to see if there are any activity trails or cycle tracks near you.
Make Sure It Happens
When you’re identified what you want to do, it’s time to start planning and you really need to be specific. If you’re going to start walking for example, plan to walk at a set time, on set days in a specific location.
You could also give your general objective of getting fit a series of sub-goals, such as cycling, joining a gym, taking a specific class and going out running. These should again have specific objectives and timescales. You should also define how you’ll measure success, like being able to lift a specific weight or run a certain distance.
If you can, tell someone about these goals or better still, encourage them to join you so you make a commitment to each other.
It’s also important that you don’t start your fitness push alongside other things if you can, and definitely not alongside a diet. You only have a finite supply of willpower, or glucose, and you don’t want to spread it too thinly.
The Simplicity System
So to sum it up simply, if you want to get active you should:
- Start off with simple ways to get moving
- Work out what activities you’re going to enjoy
- Plan effectively
- Get someone to join you if you can
There are no limits to where this can take you and no obligations to go beyond the basics. Just taking a short walk every day can make a difference and that can quickly evolve into something a lot more beneficial.
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Don’t exercise to lose weight
While you should aim to eat healthily and get fit and active, you need to get the right balance when you start out. A lot of people set out to exercise in order to lose weight and there can be some problems with this, such as justifying tasty treats as you think you've burned off calories. When you start, you really need to focus all your willpower on losing weight if you want to be successful.
Get used to meditating before exercising
Meditation is a painless process that won’t leave you exhausted. Exercise on the other hand usually gives you very few rewards when you're just getting started. This means that if you struggle to find motivation for meditation, you’ll probably struggle a lot more with exercise.
Invest in your future
Getting active and getting fit now can reduce the risk of health problems in future. If you let things slide, you won't be able to put a monetary value on this and you won't be able to turn back the clock. Take a moment to consider this when you next need some motivation, or when you're about to quit.
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Can you do any light exercise or resistance work in your home? If you have room, it can be a great way to start your day. Take some time to think about this and the type of exercises you could do.
Taking time to go out for a walk can make such a huge difference. I also think it’s a great place to start if you want to get more active. This could either be a walk around your area or a place you travel to in order to get a great walk.
Going to the gym is great, as everything is there to help you get fit and active. You don’t have to worry about the weather either. All you need to do once you’ve joined is make sure you’re there as much as you need to be.
Going for a run can make you feel amazing. Intense activity, particularly in the morning, can really get us going and research shows that we can even regenerate neurons when we do this. Have a think about where you could run, or where you could spend time on a treadmill.
Getting on your bike can be a great way of getting fit. It’s also worth considering if you could bike to work, or work your way towards it if it’s a bit too far. You could even head out with other people to make it more fun.
Are there any team activities you could join? Is there something where you work, or could you organise anything with friends? It’s a great way to get active and competition can provide plenty of motivation to keep going.
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Remember, we need to be as fit and as active as possible. It's not just about improving your health though, as you're going to feel better when you've been moving.