Getting fit and feeling healthy doesn’t
need to involve expensive gym memberships and lots of Lycra. In fact,
there are many much easier ways to boost your fitness levels. From
taking the stairs instead of the escalator, cycling to work and
getting out and about to explore the city on foot, getting active
could be easier than you thought.
Given that so many of us spend hours
attached to mobile phones, or hunched over computer screens, a blast
of fresh air in the great outdoors can also be a brilliantly effective
way to de-stress and get your essential dose of Vitamin D - just
don’t forget to put on plenty of sunscreen.
Walk, don’t drive
Swap the car for a brisk stroll at any
opportunity. Although the temptation to jump into the driving seat can
be enormous, the health and fitness benefits of walking are
undisputed. According to one study of 334,000 people by researchers at
the University of Cambridge, just 20 minutes a day cuts your risk of
premature death by almost a third. If lack of time is a factor, get
into the healthy habit of setting your alarm a little bit earlier? If
you’re taking to the streets, all you’re going to need is a
comfortable pair of shoes - the Flyroam collection of high top and low top
trainers have been designed with this in mind.
Get on your bike
Cycling is another effective way to get
fit outdoors. It’s low impact, which means it won’t put as much strain
on your joints as other more high-impact aerobic activities, such as
running, can. Some experts suggest 150 minutes a week is enough to
build your cardiovascular fitness levels, which should be easy enough
to achieve. A couple of short rides during the week and a longer
excursion at the weekend and you should soon be feeling the benefits.
A durable pair of sneakers, cycle shorts and a t-shirt are all you need.
Take a hike
Grab your Timberland Hiking Boots and head out into the
countryside. This weight-bearing form of exercise is not only good for
cardiovascular fitness, it’s weight bearing, which means it’s good for
bone health too. A study carried at Stanford University in the
USA, also found that strolling around a green place could stop people
dwelling on negative repetitive thoughts, even more than walking
around an urban setting, such as a city or a town, does. Viewranger is the free (and very handy)
GPS-enabled route-finder app that can help you find the perfect walk,
whether you want to challenge yourself to a weekend trek or just fancy
quick lunchtime stroll. It works globally too, so you can jet off
anywhere with it.
Run, jump and leap
Founded in the late Eighties, parkour or
‘freerunning’ involves a lot of running, jumping, climbing on, leaping
off, crawling over and rolling under obstacles. But don’t let that put
you off. This super-trendy activity is as fun as it is challenging and
organisers run sessions for children and families, as well as