As we enter into the cooler months, it is not uncommon for motivation to begin to wane, however, this may just be the time to push forward even harder to see more changes and progress. There are countless excuses we often use to avoid exercise, from not having the time or the money. But here are a few ways in which you can stay on top of improving your wellbeing, and becoming a healthier and fitter you.
Find Your Perfect Workout
Not everyone will love running or lifting weights at the gym. Experiment and see what works for you, maybe yoga, spinning classes, F45, dance classes, wall climbing, basketball, etc. Find something you enjoy, and once you do, you won’t have to force yourself to workout regularly- you’ll want to, not everyone likes the same things, so try different things and when you find what you love, keep doing it, and it won’t even feel like a workout.
Go to Bed Earlier
The recommended number of hours of sleep for adults is between 7-9 hours, however, the majority of people get less than 7 hours of sleep on average. A lack of sleep and consistently not reaching your 7-9 hours, can heighten your risk of suffering from a stroke and heart attack. Try to go to bed 15 minutes earlier each night, and maintain a regular sleep and wake schedule, try to stick to this schedule even on your days off of work.
Take the Stairs
Or park further away from work or the shopping centre, and give yourself an even longer distance to walk. Get your heart pumping, exercise your lungs and work your muscles. Add more movement to your day, no matter how small. Try reaching your 10,000 steps every day, small sessions of exercise will improve not only your health and fitness but also your wellbeing.
Stretch it Out
Regular stretching will maintain muscle flexibility and help you to avoid injuries. Schedule out 10 minutes a day to have a stretch before or after exercise, or if its a rest day, schedule a few stretch breaks throughout the day. Find a space at the office, or take a break from your car journey, even better stretch before bed to help relieve the day’s stresses, and help you get to sleep.
Numerous activities can help you relax, including regular exercise, breathing techniques, meditation, listening to calming music, reading a book, soaking in the bath, or playing with your pet. Stress can cause a variety of health issues from depression to heart disease, to migraines, and many more. Even if you spend just 10 minutes a day doing something you enjoy and that relaxes you, this will help you feel more energized and refreshed.
As the days get shorter, the weather gets worse, and the temperature drops, it can be more difficult to maintain our health, fitness and wellbeing goals, so take preventative measures, acknowledge the difficulties and do your best to progress in your health journeys. Here’s to seeing off 2020 on a positive note, and by the end of the year being able to start 2021 off on a physically and mentally healthier footing.