For the past few months I have been quite unwell, feeling very lethargic and sluggish. Turns out I had low iron and folate levels and after taking vitamins for a couple of months to balance those levels out I am finally feeling back to my old self again. I am feeling a happier me too! So I got back into my fitness with a bang in February: gym classes, eating habits, sleeping habits and of course my lunchtime runs. I use two apps when I am out on a run, Aaptiv and Strava, they work brilliantly together and I find Aaptiv great for motivation when you are out on your run.
So the healthy fitness posts have started on social media, the celebrity videos are weaved in amongst the adverts on TV and everyone around me is thinking about diets and fitness programs. I think it’s important to get healthy, don’t get me wrong, but I think it’s important all year round. Not just for January. I thought I would put a few ideas together on what to stock in the cupboards for a healthy New Year, all year!
Gyms can be useful. There’s something about being there amongst other people who are exercising that can be pretty motivating. However, a gym isn’t the only place and the only way to keep fit. Our gym membership runs out in March and I am contemplating whether we need to renew it or not! Here are a couple of ways you can exercise without hitting the gym.
You’ve probably heard all about diabetes and how unpredictable it can be, but I bet you didn’t know how it has a chance to impact on your own life. First, let’s have a look at diabetes and what it is. There are two types: Type 1 is an autoimmune disease and usually is something that you are born with. Type 1 is commonly diagnosed in childhood and isn’t something you have much control over developing. While Type 2 is usually diagnosed in later life and is generally a result of bad choices in your health.
We all know the importance of keeping healthy, yet some of us need a little bit more motivation to do it than others, mainly our partners! For me it’s the other way around as Hubby is brilliant at keeping fit and he has to motivate me. Quite often! Sometimes it can be a bit annoying that they can’t do anything to look after their weight, or are just making sure that they are looking after themselves a little bit more than they actually are. But, rather than spending hours upon hours begging them, or guilting them into exercise, this isn’t going to result in them getting up off the couch. So what are the best ways to do it?
Tiredness after exercise is to be expected. There’s even an argument that if you’re not tired after exercise, you’re probably not exercising hard enough. You have to be able to push your body, feel the burn, and then move past it– this is the only way that you can realistically improve your fitness. Of course, with all that energy being expended, feeling tired in the aftermath of a workout is surely normal?
With the pressures of life and work, it can be easy to let your fitness and healthy eating regime slip, especially in the winter months. Your body and mind are important. However, making sure you are fit and healthy is particularly important in winter because there are more viruses around and colder temperatures. You need your body’s natural defences to be at their peak, and the best way to do that is with a fitter and healthier lifestyle for the whole family.
With the winter months drawing closer, here comes the temptation to hibernate with comfort foods; however, if you want to keep in shape, and maintain a healthy food intake, you should try to avoid overloading your body with any unnecessary fats and carbohydrates. Here are five ways you can keep healthy during the winter season.
I was recently made aware of a campaign that the NHS are running called #Selfcare. It is basically highlighting to families that you do not need to go to the doctors every time something is wrong. You can treat yourselves for minor ailments with over the counter medicines. I for one, being a working Mum of two do not find the time during the “doctors hours” to visit and grab medications. It is easier for me to go to the Pharmacy at the Supermarket – that’s open until late into the evening.
After what seems like an endless pregnancy, those early years of parenthood are bewildering for new Mums. Aside from the inevitable pandemonium of raising an infant, many women are left wondering what has happened to their body in the wake of pregnancy. Indeed, for many of us the prospect of returning to our pre-pregnancy weight and appearance is an unattainable pipe dream. The battle against your baby weight, however, is one that you can and will win! Unfortunately, it will be won neither by a quick fix nor a conveniently packaged solution.