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!