Fitness and health can sometimes seem like a lot to think about. Everyone has this idea that in order to get fit and healthy you have to plan and follow a rigorous regime. They think it makes sense to be organised and thoughtful in every aspect of your life if you really want to see change. And while this does work for some people, there are alternative ways to get fit and healthy.
For a lot of people, fitness can come through subtle lifestyle changes. You don’t have to suddenly turn into the kind of person that plans out all of their time. By thinking a little bit about the aspects of your life that could be changed, you can make some vital little differences that will add up to a significant effect in the long run.
Here are 5 of our top tips when it comes to getting fit without thinking about it.
Do you get together with your friends often over the weekend? If you do, why not change that sedentary picnic into a casual kick-around. Sport and activity doesn’t have to be hugely strenuous for you to begin to feel better in yourself. It can be an extremely casual activity mixed in with a social engagement, and it will still start to make you feel healthier.
In the same vein, it makes sense to find a friend to work out with. If you are set on having a regular and strenuous workout, having a buddy with you can mean that you find it more enjoyable. Going to the gym alone can seem a bit boring, and be an easy prospect to put off. But going to meet a friend can seem far more attractive. Use your friend as bait to get you into the gym.
Think about swapping out that car for a bike. It doesn’t take long to cover the same distance, and in many cities a bike will actually save you time. It will also get you fit and save you a bunch of cash. If you work in an office it is also a fantastic way to get yourself awake before work in the morning, and take out the stress of the day on the way home.
You can also take some time out at lunch to exercise. Even a brisk walk while you eat lunch will make you feel better for the rest of the day. Little things like this are not likely to make you a better long distance runner, but they will make you feel fresher and brighter.
Fitness isn’t just about running. It can also be a great way to help you relax. Consider taking up something like yoga to improve your ability to relax and wind down after a long day. You’ll find this to be more attractive than an hour at the gym, and it will often lead you to more healthy lifestyle choices.