Fitness and food coach Diana of Bodybewell reminds us of the importance of stretching. Check out her tips here: How many times have you heard a trainer, fitness guru or your coach say, “You must stretch, you need to stretch, remember your stretches.” Sound familiar? Wether you are a walker, runner or a weight lifter, your muscles may be tightening due to the load placed on it during the activity you are performing. Muscle tightness can limit your range of motion and this may also cause a muscle imbalance. So think about a time you may have gone for a run and felt sore and stiff the next day. This is muscle tightness.
Have you ever stopped to think how many times during the week you wish it was Friday to get to that beloved Saturday? We haven’t even finished our Sunday before we’re sad it’s ending and that Monday is looming. This means we are missing out on enjoying our 5 days of the week, and with 52 weeks in a year, that’s a lot of time being wasted wishing away for the weekend, instead of enjoying the moment.
As we have mentioned before, there are so many ways to boost your mood and one of the best is keeping yourself active. Exercise should be a necessity in our daily routine. It helps to not only keep a balanced weight, but to improve sleep cycles and quality, combat illness and boost energy.
Marathon season is under way and you may be tempted to get the running bug. And why not? Running is one of the best ways to get fit, healthy and change shape; it gives you mental and physical strength; time out from your busy life and a chance to get out into the fresh air and run free. Running can: Help to build strong bones, as it is a weight bearing exercise Strengthen muscles Improve cardiovascular fitness Burn plenty of kilojoules Help maintain a healthy weight The great thing about running is pretty much the most natural way of getting and staying fit: You can do it anywhere, do it alone or with friends; do it on the beach, in the park, round your neighbourhood (it’s great for getting a daily slice of local life!) or if the weather’s rubbish, on a running machine, if you have access to one. All you really need to invest in is a good pair of running shoes. Running shoes are the one piece of equipment you’ll need, and …