Saturday, 12 June 2021

Time to get 'body ready' for summer

ARE you looking at getting fit, staying fit and fitting into your summer clothes this year?

Most people want to be “body ready” for the summer. But I would also like to point out that fitness is not seasonal. It is a lifestyle and to get maximum benefit from your wellbeing you should be doing 150 minutes of exercise every week, eating healthy, drinking lots of water and nightly fasting. So start now and focus your attentions. Get rid of the bad habits.

Ensuring you are keeping well (exercising/eating healthy) all year round will keep you mentally, physically and emotionally strong, as well as lowering risks for serious illnesses such as having a heart attack, stroke, or developing diabetes — to name a few!

If you are concerned about your overall health then you can see your GP for a once-over before you start any exercise plan or if you are changing your diet.

Taking the right advice from the right people is more than beneficial and cutting corners won’t be helpful in the long run.

In the local area there are many professional fitness/
wellbeing instructors, as well as gyms/studios/classes to choose from, so there really is no reason for us to not be aware of keeping ourselves in good shape.

When you exercise you burn off more calories, when you build muscle your metabolism is in a higher gear to help continuing burning more calories more readily.

So what exercise should you do?

Well, this is all dependent on what you feel you would enjoy and what you can do. Do you like the outdoors? If so try a running club or boot camp. Do you like group activities indoors? Maybe try circuits, spinning, high-intensity interval training or Boxfit sessions. Are you struggling with a weak back? Maybe pilates/stretching or core classes. TRX or suspension training is popular for overall strength/body control.

The NHS Choices website confirms it is medically proven that people who regularly exercise have up to a 35 per cent lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke; up to a 50 per cent lower risk of type two diabetes and colon cancer; up to a 20 per cent lower risk of breast cancer; a 30 per cent lower risk of early death; up to an 83 per cent lower risk of osteoarthritis; up to a 68 per cent lower risk of a hip fracture; a 30 per cent lower risk of having falls (amongst older adults); and up to a 30 per cent lower risk of depression and dementia.

Exercise also improves low self-esteem, helps to lose body fat in conjunction with a safe eating plan, and makes you feel good — which is what my column is all about! So let’s have a “mad March” and get moving and be focused on our minds, bodies and souls.

I am always happy to help answer any questions, or if you would like advice on what activities you can do, then please feel free to email me. Have a great month.

Emma-Jane Taylor

Feeling Good