Healthy living, to most people, means both physical and mental health are in balance or functioning well together. In many instances, physical and mental health are closely linked, so that a change (good or bad) in one, directly affects the other.
When it comes to physical activities or exercise in general, you don’t necessarily have to go to the gym and smash yourself for hours of training. You can simply start any kind of physical activity at a moderate level that your body can maintain and transfer it into a habit.
Almost any type of exercise (resistance, water aerobics, walking, swimming, weights, yoga and many others) is helpful for everybody.
Below are 7 top tips to help you with physical activities:
1. Start slowly and progress gradually to avoid injuries or fatigue. Exercise can be broken up into smaller 10 minute sessions. Over time, build up to 30 to 60 minutes of moderate exercise.
2. Walk every day. Walking is very effective and beneficial to all kind of fitness levels. Walking can be for long or short periods during the day. Try parking your car a little further from your work place and walk to work.
3. If you happen to have a gym to exercise at, then it might be great to seek the help of a knowledgeable trainer who can design an individual program and keep you motivated.
4. Another great way to keep you motivated can be exercising with a partner or friend to hold you accountable.
5. Also, it might worth trying a group fitness class that matches your fitness level. It’s good to experience the different atmosphere of working in a big group. It can be addictive!
6. It’s always fun to get involved in sports, whether you have a fitness background or you are brand new to it.
7. Track your progress. Whatever your goal, whether you are looking for a physical change, mood change or even a way to de-stress, tracking your progress will keep you going. Seeing where you started and where you have progressed to, motivates you to do more and stay on track.
Physical activity and exercise is a major contributor to a healthy lifestyle. People are made to use their bodies so disuse leads to unhealthy living. Unhealthy living may manifest itself in obesity, weakness, lack of endurance or overall poor health that may foster disease development. Consequently, there are more tips for emotional and mental healthy living. This is the topic of my next article.
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