With a full-time job, a full-time family and full-time responsibilities, the people of Britain who have busy schedules often have no time for fitness. Those just starting out in the world of fitness might find our training guides daunting, but the need to get and stay fit is one which everyone should be taking seriously.
If it is daunting, do not fear, the Reebok Master Trainers are here.
Here are eight top tips from the fields of fitness, motivation and nutrition for those who want to get fit on the go.
1. Incorporate little exercises on a daily basis – they will add up!
Start the day balanced. When brushing your teeth stand on one leg to activate the core and work on your balance and stabilisation. You can try this with your eyes closed if you are brave… as this will affect the effort required to stand still and tall
Get up 10 minutes earlier in the morning and warm up for the day by incorporating some exercises. An interval training with 40 seconds work and 20 seconds rest will get you started – just repeat 10 times. Exercises: burpees, plank, lunges, glute bridge, press ups, jumping jacks, squats, side plank (20 seconds each side), glute raise, single leg squat
Climb the stairs – lose the lift or escalator when out and about, or at home, just climb the stairs a couple of times for no reason other than to start to shift the lbs. Climbing three flights will burn approximately 15 calories. Not much but over a day/week it all adds up.
2. Be food wise – keep it simple, count chemicals not calories
Counting calories can often be overbearing. Of course you should watch the amounts and types of food you eat but everyone’s got a different physique and activity level. It’s impossible to put everyone in the same boat.
Start by reducing the chemicals, try to keep it natural. Avoid processed foods and stock up on natural foods. This will provide great fuel for your body. By omitting toxins such as sugars we keep our blood levels balanced, which not only keeps energy levels even but also reduces risks of health issues based on that.
3. A simple swap a day
Why not swap something every day?
Swap a coke for water
Swap a sandwich for a salad wrap
Swap a beer for a wine spritzer
4. Weight loss
If your main goal is weight loss, look at yourself in the mirror. Weight loss on a scale doesn’t always reflect the loss of fat. Always remember: you didn’t go to bed one weight or dress size and wake up the next day with a transformed body, so don’t try and lose extra overnight. Work out a plan that works in the long term and take little steps every day, especially if you have a busy schedule.
5. Rewarding yourself
It’s important to reward yourself if you’re doing a good job and staying on track. Instead of getting out the chocolate pralines, reward yourself with things that don’t go in your mouth. If you find your calendar hectic, book yourself a massage in the near future, or that boat trip, or that walk in a beautiful forest and just enjoy the view. Plan ahead.
6. Team up
Surround yourself with people on the same mission and you’ll empower each other to keep going, keeping levels of motivation up.
7. Why wait?
There is no better time to start than right now. Exercise can help improve both your physical and mental health as soon as you start and you will feel energised. Exercise is also a great stress reliever for those who are swept of their feet with work.
We are all different – what works for you might not work for anyone else. If you’re not sure what the best approach is for you, you can always get external help and contact a personal trainer for assistance. They will tailor their sessions to your timetable.
Beginning this January 2015, Reebok are introducing free community fitness classes across the UK. This is part of the brand’s vision to make fitness, health and wellbeing truly accessible to all.
The current locations for the free, ongoing and in-store fitness classes include Stockport, Leeds, Exeter, Bristol, Covent Garden, Oxford, Reading, Guildford, Bromley, Richmond, Bluewater and King’s Road (London).
For further info and confirmed dates, visit: http://fitness.reebok.co.uk/FitnessEvents/Events-landing/
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