I believe that after lockdown you became more active and enjoying the fresh air workouts.  But are you are wondering how to sustain the routine for weeks and winter months to come? I was inspired by  Michelle – suffering with chronic backache who joined our Zoom Piyo Fit In classes.
The first thing I noticed how insecure Michelle was when we met first time and how confident she became after 7weeks of joining us. Despite exercising irregularly she suffered from chronic stress, on medications ( for back pain) and feeling rather depressed but willing to do something different to help themselves. In total: We all have habits but some will lead to positive outcome and some not.

So the following tips here are to help you to do little bit each day so you are in control of your health and I know you can do this.

Firstly, take your Shoes off 😁
For those of you – us (myself included) –  who love spending time outdoors under the warmth of the sun, now is the time to go barefoot and ground ourselves naturally! It’s also time to take advantage of the weather and exercise outside! Many water sports are available —swimming, kayaking, canoeing, surfing, paddle-boarding and windsurfing to name a few. Some exercises that are done inside a gym or studio can now be performed comfortably outdoors: Walking, Running, Cycling, Yoga even Pilates.

Let’s be reminded of exercise benefits!
Being more active can help us lower our blood pressure, boost levels of good cholesterol, improve blood flow (circulation), keep weight under control and increase bone density – prevent osteoporosis.

How long is needed?
150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity is recommended for each week. This can be broken down to 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Add two or three short walks a day and you can reach your goal faster. Does it sound manageable? Yeah, I think so too.

Being a couch potato can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. If you’re not naturally active or need some motivation to get started, here are a few ways to become more active:

• Stay Countable – Seek out people who will help keep you motivated and accountable for your Active Wellness regimen. Many local communities have workout events for you to attend. There are also local walking groups, classes, kayaking circles, and many others for you to join.

• Get a workout buddy who is at about the same physical shape you’re in. You can help each other stay on course and progress together. Make it a social time, not just an exercise time.

• Choose activities you enjoy. For example, if you hate running, don’t try to become a jogger. Zumba, Pilates or Yoga might suit you better. Not everyone has the same sense of balance—if you have painful joints, swimming may be your best choice.
Or mix it up to keep you from getting bored or burned out.

• Time to exercise
Many people like to get their exercise out of the way first thing in the morning, you should choose your own best time. If you’re not a morning person, getting up earlier to exercise will only demotivate you.

If you have some health challenges such as knee or elbow , back or feet issues,  I’ll be happy to recommend something I’ve tried myself. It helps support your muscles and joints, so you feel confident during strenuous activities.

And if your long hours at work are preventing you to create regular self care habits such as exercise, would you be open to a no-strings-attached conversation.

Wishing you an amazing and active week ahead 🤸