Get fit for less this spring
March saw the beginning of Spring. The evenings getting lighter and the clocks going forward this Sunday. As the weather (slowly) gets warmer, many of us are starting to think about refreshing our health and wellbeing regime. Our top tips below will help – and will hardly cost a penny.
Stay hydrated: Water is necessary to maintain a healthy body and is also the healthiest and cheapest choice for staying hydrated, as it has no calories or sugars; it is also freely available at your nearest tap. The NHS recommends that in the UK, we should drink about 1.2 litres (six to eight glasses) of fluid every day to stop us getting dehydrated
Prepare to sleep more: Most adults need between eight hours of sleep each night to stay fit and well. The BBC has created a guide called ‘Are you Getting Enough Sleep?’ which includes a section on how objects in your home – such as open curtains, TV and electronic devices – may actually be keeping you awake.
Relax: According to the NHS, stress, and related problems, are the underlying reason for 20 percent of all GP visits in the UK. Stress can lead to further health problems such as high blood pressure, anxiety, and depression. Relaxation can help you combat stress and you can find tips on the NHS website: Although a busy modern life does mean that stress is almost unavoidable, it is important to be able to relax in order to combat stress. You can find some tips to do just that here.
Increase your movement: You don’t have to join the gym to get physically active. Look at ways to incorporate exercise into your daily regime. Take the stairs. Get off public transport a couple of stops earlier and walk (which will also save money). Park your car a bit further away from the supermarket, office or school. The NHS has a whole list of ideas to get you active for free, including exercises, games and free equipment:
New approach to diet and exercise: The NHS has a 12-week guide to healthy eating and physical activity. Every week comes with a downloadable information pack, full of advice and tips:
Get active with a new hobby or skill and reap the benefits - physical and mental. There are opportunities everywhere to learn new skills from athletics to swimming to yoga or the less traditional forms of exercise such as rock climbing or boxing.