Many of us would like to get more active. Whether it’s to lose weight, feel confident, or just pick up a hobby. Being active and exercising is a great way to feel good about ourselves. However, there are so many different exercises and activities available; it’s hard to know exactly where to start. Fear not, this article will give you plenty of ideas of how to get more active.
Utilise the space around you
One of the easiest ways to get active is to get active around the house. This could be as simple as you make it. It could mean hoovering the house top to bottom, cleaning the floors and changing the beds. It could also mean doing some gardening, which can be incredibly strenuous at times. It could also mean putting a 15-minute workout video on your TV and having a quick fitness session in your living room. When you decide to become more active, it really doesn’t matter what you’re doing as long as you are doing something. As long as you’re motivated and moving, you’re active!
Utilising the space around you can also make you feel more comfortable when it comes to getting active. When first embarking on this kind of journey, it can be tough. It can also be frustrating and tiring, but doing it in a comfortable setting can make you feel much better. You can rest when you need to and push yourself when required too.
Join a gym
The most common way to get active is to join a gym. Gym memberships are pretty affordable these days, and the services and equipment offered by gyms are often excellent. There are numerous different machines to use depending on your abilities. From treadmills to stair masters, rowing machines and cross trainers, there is something for everyone.
There is also plenty of weights at the gym for less strenuous work. Floorwork is a great way to get active if you’re inexperienced or don’t know where to start. You can get a feel for what you’re comfortable with as well as watch others on gym equipment and learn different techniques. Just some of the floor exercises you could start with include sit ups, planks, squats, and lunges. If you’re really stuck, gym employees or personal trainers will be more than happy to help when it comes to showing you the ropes.
Join a club
If the idea of getting active alone isn’t something that sounds appealing, why not join some kind of club? Perhaps even fitness classes? There are plenty of walking groups for those who want to start getting more active but aren’t feeling confident with their skills. There are even dog walking groups if you want to get more active and meet new people. Then, there are also more advanced groups too for those who are progressing.
As you progress and become fitter, you can then explore different groups. It might be that you want to explore the world of sport and join a sports team. If you enjoy running, football, netball, and tennis are great sports to take part in as they require you to be on your feet constantly and run up and down the court or pitch. For a sport that engages all of the muscles, swimming would be a great choice. Plus, you will be far more active with swimming than you would ever realise, which is an excellent way to get fit!
There are also sports that are less competitive and are designed to be more fun. This doesn’t make them any less active; it just means you can have a good time too. You can find these sorts of groups advertised in gyms, village halls and even online.
Set a goal
Finally, one of the most important tips for getting more active is setting a goal. Whether it’s to lose 10lbs, be able to run a marathon or just to feel more confident, if you have a goal in mind, you will undoubtedly become more active as you have something to work towards. Goals can be as big or small as you like, and you can set as many as you like too.
Remember, you’ll sometimes have to put in a lot of work to achieve your goals, but it’ll certainly be worth it!