Getting fit and healthy doesn’t have to be complicated, in fact quite the opposite if you cut out all of the noise and stay away from the latest dieting fads…it’s very straight forward.
The trouble is that for beginners it can feel very overwhelming, there’s too much information out there on the internet and it leaves readers feeling confused with all of the contradictory advice. For example…
Guys pick up a Mens Health magazine and copy routines which include exercises like the chest press , squats, deadlifts – which are all good exercises, but then they read another magazine that says do these exercises instead! It can be very confusing and hard to know who to trust and what program to follow.
The same can be said for dietary advice, one celebrity advocates following a Keto diet, whilst another celeb recommends the 5:2 diet! Both look great but which one should you follow? It’s hard as a beginner.
In this post we’re going to keep things very simple, it’s aimed at those of you who are just starting out on your fitness journey and for those of you who need easy to digest info, and simple health and fitness tips to go away and follow.
3 Simple Health & Fitness Tips For Beginners…
#1 Daily Exercise
First of all any type of exercise is better than no exercise. Whether that’s doing exercise classes at the gym, running in the park, playing tennis, or pumping some iron – all exercise helps. As long as you are doing some form of exercise, and for between 30-60 minutes most days then you are already doing well.
If you want to achieve more of a specific goal i.e. weight loss, then why not hire a personal trainer? Or If you want to improve your running technique then hire a running coach, etc.
If it’s something specific that you want… then reach out to an expert. But if it’s just general health, fitness and wellbeing that you’re looking to improve then just make-sure you are moving each day – walking, gardening, doing house work, etc.
#2 Eating Nutritious Meals
When possible try and eat wholesome foods, foods which are natural, for example: fruit and vegetables. Some good examples of healthy foods include: strawberries, blueberries, apples, bananas, kiwis, melons, broccoli, asparagus, lettuce, and green peas.
It’s also important to consume an adequate amount of protein, foods such as chicken, steak, fish and eggs. If you’re a vegan then you could have things like quorn or a vegan protein shake. If you stick to high protein foods, and eat lots of vegetables then you can’t really go wrong!
One of the most underrated aspects of improving health, fitness and overall daily performance. Sleep helps your body repair not only physically i.e. muscle repair, but also mentally too, it’s when we process emotions and let our minds reset and recharge.
We should all be aiming for at least 8 hours of sleep per night, although this can be difficult for parents of young children and shift workers. If 8 hours isn’t possible then just try your best to get as much sleep as possible.
Some tips to help you sleep include: switching off your phone 1 hour before bed, taking a nice warm relaxing bath in the evening, and making sure that you bedroom is a dark as possible – this makes your body release melatonin – a hormone which prepares the body for sleep.
Putting it all together…
If you apply the 3 tips from above into your weekly routine you will see plenty of positive changes to your life, things such as: having more energy, feeling stronger, having healthier skin, better memory, higher self esteem – to name but a few benefits!
Good luck on your journey and if you have an questions then please get in touch.