10 tips to a healthier you in time for summer

Mon 11 May 2015

Do you want to be fitter and healthier in time for the warmer and longer summer days? If so, why not have a look at the simple lifestyle tips below to help you take a step in the right direction:

  1. Drink a glass of water each time you fancy a snack; chances are you may be thirsty and not hungry. A lot of people mistake the sensation of thirst for hunger.
  2. If you find yourself doing the same gym routine every time you come to the gym, you may be stuck in a routine, which prevents you from progressing. Speak to an instructor today to get a personal programme put together for you to help you achieve your goals further.
  3. Try swapping your mid-morning sugary snack for a piece of fruit. You will still get the sweetness from the fruit and it won’t only be healthy and nutritious, but also tasty.
  4. Never skip breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and research shows that people who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight. Breakfast is proven to kick start the metabolism and therefore people are less likely to snack on unhealthy foods throughout the day.
  5. If you work in an office, set yourself a reminder to get out of your chair and stretch your legs at least every hour.  You could even try standing up every time you receive a phone call.
  6. Try and find time for exercise every day even if it means you are going for a 10-20 walk, it will be beneficial for your overall health and wellbeing. Sometimes it can be difficult fitting in structured training sessions around your busy schedule. Small changes such as getting off the bus a stop early and walking the rest of the way or taking the stairs instead of the lift will all count towards helping you getting fitter.
  7. Try and avoid going food shopping on an empty stomach as you will be tempted to buy unhealthy snacks. Where possible make a list of foods you will need for the week and only buy those items. Not only will this be good for your overall health and wellbeing, but it will also save you money.
  8. Plan your workouts for the following week at the start of the week, figure out the best times to fit a workout in, note it in your diary and stick to it the same way as you would to an important work meeting. If you can get a friend to join you, even better as this will allow you to motivate each other.
  9. If you struggle to motivate yourself, why not join in on one of the fast classes running at Derby Arena throughout the day. You will have fun and learn new ideas to put into your own workouts for maximum results in minimum time.
  10. Make sure you set yourself achievable goals that you are aiming for. Don’t forget to congratulate yourself on your achievements. Use the ‘SMART’ method to help you set your targets:

S –Specific (Don’t just say what you want to do, but state how you are going to do it).
- Measurable (make sure you can monitor your progress, e.g. inches lost, distance ran etc.)
A – Achievable (make sure you set yourself goals that are right for your current fitness levels).
– Relevant (make sure the goal is right for you and what you want to achieve).
– Timescale (set your goals an achievable timescale and stick to it as this will keep you motivated.)

Come and see one of our health and wellbeing advisors and they will be able to put a personalised programme together for you to suit your needs and help you achieve your fitness goals.