Master the basics first – in all walks of life.
I was recently given some really good advice.
A chap asked the question - ‘What is the best way to cook spinach to get the best health benefits from it – should you steam it or boil it?’
He was asked -- ‘Do you actually eat spinach?’ the answer was ‘No’.
To which he was told -- ‘Just eat spinach’.
The lesson – sort out the basics before you start to get into the technicalities.
Basic lesson 1 – rest and recovery:
Remember you need sufficient quality sleep every night to enable you to perform to the best of your ability. Plan your sleep routine, ensure that you are getting enough sleep and are able to get to bed without being stressed out or exhausted. See our tips on sleep here
If you are exercising, remember to stretch out afterwards – help your muscles recover to stop so many aches and pains and also to prevent any injury. When you are starting out in particular the last thing you want is to have an injury which prevents you from getting out. Click here for some good advice on basic stretches
Basic lesson 2 – Train effectively
Firstly, if you are new to exercise then we would always recommend you seeking medical advice before starting a fitness routine.
Once started, if you feel a bit unwell – have a day off. A day off will benefit you more than if you exercise when you are feeling poorly. That could result in much more time off or injury. Not good mentally for anyone, but especially if you are just starting out.
Incorporate a little cardio (exercise that gets your heart pumping – and this initially could just be walking) and core exercise (planks – see previous blog) to give yourself a balanced routine.
Basic lesson 3 – nutrition is key.
Food is fuel – you don’t want to take the fun out of food, but remember if you eat lots and lots of sugary foods then you will lack energy and motivation. Try and eat well balanced meals, and never miss out on breakfast. You cannot function properly if you do not fuel your body in the morning, bearing in mind that it could be up to 12 hours since you had your dinner the night before.
Try to incorporate as much fresh fruit and veg every day – your 5 a day should just be a starting point. See future blogs where I will write about developing good eating habits (no diets!).
I am a busy mum of two teenage boys, and between them and work I am forever running around. I have always been interested in fitness, and I make sure that exercise features regularly in my life. However many of my friends are not into fitness like me, yet want to be healthy. I want to help people make healthy lifestyle choices which will impact on their fitness, without necessarily feeling the need to throw themselves full force into exercise.