How Technology Can Keep You Active!

Take advantage of living in the modern age.

There was a time when getting access to fitness routines and meal plans was nigh on impossible without spending a tonne of money on books, videos or personal trainers. Thankfully, the internet age is a lot more forthcoming, but unless you know where to look you might still struggle to find the information that you need.

These tips and tricks should point you in the right direction and help add structure to your new active lifestyle:

Get a wearable health device

There’s no better way of keeping a beady eye on your day to day activity by buying a wearable health device. These handy little gadgets come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and they don’t have to cost the world, especially if you’re just looking for something to track your steps and heart-rate. These devices give you a real insight into how you’re progressing and can be just the thing to keep you motivated to exercise more!

Download a fitness app

If you’d rather not part with any cash then you can download a fitness app to keep an eye on your steps, or even support a new running schedule. Strava is currently the most popular running app, offering good GPS tracking of your runs, as well as give you the option to engage in some friendly competition with others using the app. You can choose to keep all your activity private should you wish and simply use it as a way to track your activity and give you an estimate of how many calories you’ve burned.

Take part in your local parkrun

The parkrun initiative is a fantastic project that encourages people of all ages and abilities to get out for a run in their local park each weekend. Since its inception the concept has spread all over the world, but it’s still very popular here in the UK. Runs are held in 580 locations across the country and each race is absolutely free to enter. To join in you’ll need to head to the parkrun website and see where your nearest event is held.

Find a support group online

Sometimes what we really need to enact change in our lives is someone cheering us on. If you feel like you need a bit of extra motivation to keep you moving then there are plenty of online forums and groups that you can head to for support. Reddit is one of the most popular forums on the internet and includes a number of excellent ‘subreddits’ which offer inspirational advice and motivation to those who need it, the community is known for being both helpful and generous.

Social media is your friend!

Social media is full of great avenues for learning about exercise and it’s thanks to the efforts of passionate individuals around the world who upload content on a daily basis that we now have a veritable library of workout routines and exercise plans to choose from. Yoga instructors from America have been sharing their knowledge using YouTube, personal trainers from the UK have taken to Instagram managing marketing in Liverpool and uploading videos of their own routines. In short, there’s a whole world of exercise tips out there, you just need to look for it!

Getting Started: Take a Walk

Step outside for some fresh air!

Taking your first step towards leading an active lifestyle can be as simple as simply walking around the block.

Walking is something that we often take for granted, but it’s a privilege that can be taken away should you neglect your personal fitness and health. There has been a significant rise in the use of mobility scooters over the last two decades, and it’s not just older people who are having to rely on them. Increasing numbers of younger, middle-aged people are finding themselves too overweight and, instead of adapting their lifestyles, they are looking for mechanical assistance in order to get on with their day-to-day life.

Whilst there are certain cases where mobility scooters are absolutely essential for those who have significantly reduced mobility, too often now they are being resorted to by people who feel they are too overweight to ever return to good health. Often the only thing that these individuals need is the right education and motivation in order to get themselves back on their feet, and shedding weight.

If you’re struggling to get yourself out of the house, or think that you don’t have enough time to exercise then try taking a look at our simple tips to for getting started:

Incorporate a short walk into your routine

Walking is the low intensity exercise that you never thought could help you! Just walking one mile a day burns 100 calories, that might sound rather miserly, but considering that one mile is only 2,000 steps, it doesn’t take long to start burning some serious weight. The best way to get out and about is by incorporating this walk into your day-to-day life: walk to the shop instead of driving, or get into the habit of taking a morning stroll round the block.

Wear suitable clothing

Help yourself by wearing the right clothing before setting out on your walk. Make sure that you’re wearing good trainers that have decent support and check the weather forecast before you leave, so you don’t get caught out in the rain. Although you may warm up once you get going, it’s best to put on some warm clothing if it’s a bit nippy outside.

Take some music for motivation

Listening to your favourite music can be a great motivation, especially if you’re finding it difficult to take that first step outside the house. Upbeat, positive music has been proven to help all kinds of athlete’s performance, so there’s no reason why it can’t help you. If you’d rather have something to pass the time with then you can always take an audio-book with you.

Bring water with you and some food

Water should be an important part of your day, regardless of what activity you’re doing. Drinking plenty of water has been linked with weight loss, but it’s also vital to take some whilst you’re exercising. When you exercise you can become easily dehydrated, take a bottle of water and a banana or cereal bar, so that you can stay fuelled up whilst you’re on the move.