The older I get, the more I enjoy working out and seeing the positive changes staying fit has on my body and mind. There are so many benefits of being physically active: Reduced stress levels, increased overall health, more energy and keeping weight in balance. Plus, I’ve been lucky to participate in some really cool and fun races.
I admit, at first, it was an effort. But it’s so worth it! What can you do to get and stay fit? Here are 10 tips to an active and fit you:
- Consult your doctor if you haven’t been physically active for a while.
- Find an activity you enjoy. There’s no need to rush into a 24-month-long gym membership contract. Start slowly. Try low-impact sports like walking, cycling or swimming first. Need more ideas? Click here.
- Schedule time for it. Put your exercise in your diary. You’re much more likely to make the time for it. Even if you’re not a morning person, working out early in the day has been shown more successful. Check, over and done. You’ll love your day!
- If it’s too hot to exercise outside, go indoors. Your building may have its own gym or use Dubai Sports World. Malls make for a great power walk (no, not at the shopping pace). Play badminton indoors or go for a swim.
- Have your gym bag ready. Put it in your car or set it next to your front door. Have you ever put your sports gear on and then pulled out? Chances are slim. You’re geared up for it. Go for it.
- Team up with a friend. Skipping a work out on your own is easy. Letting a friend down is not. Motivate each other. If you have a family, why not chose an activity everyone can participate in?
- Fuel up your body before you exercise. Pick something with some carbs, protein and vitamins. It could be a grilled chicken sandwich with green vegetables or a snack like a banana and yoghurt. Here are some more suggestions.
- Mix up your routine. Your body will get used to the same activity. Spice it by increasing the intensity. Alternate your workout programme: Sunday walking, Tuesday weights, Thursdays cycling.
- Stay hydrated. While active, replenish your body with water. If you’re working out 60 minutes or more, chose isotonic drinks but watch their sugar content. Don’t forget to drink more after your session. You can also eat fruits and veggies with high water content.
- If you’re fasting, reduce your training intensity. Choose a low-impact activity before your iftar meal.
Will I see you on the track tonight? Looking forward to hearing how you are improving or keeping your fitness levels. Just leave a comment.
Until next time,