Back on track for summer!

Sarah Overall Fitness

I hope everyone had a fabulous break over the Easter weekend but the bunny needs to hop back into his box now!

It is hard after four days of indulgence to get back into a healthy routine here are some tips to help get back on track:

Draw a line under the indulgence period

You have had a lovely few days, kicking back and relaxing is what holidays are about, we work hard all year a little period of indulgence does not alter your long term health as long as it remains just that – little!

Banish the baddies

Hide the chocolate or give it away, remove the wine, crisps, hot cross buns from your vision.  It takes willpower of steel to resist treats which are right in front of you, put them out of bounds.

Stock up on fruit and vegetables

The weather is lovely at the moment but chilly so make a massive vegetable soup, there are lots of healthy veg filled recipes on my website

Punitive is destructive

You are not a bad person because you had a few days break so there is no need to punish yourself by eating dust and going hell for leather on the exercise front. Just get back into your normal healthy routine and cut out the rubbish. Going over the top to make up for indulgence is bound to fail, make you feel miserable and send you back to the sofa and the chocolate.

Consistency is key

For long term heath benefits your diet and exercise routine should be a way of life which you can sustain forever.  Take the long term view, good health is built by sensible food and fitness choices which are part of your  everyday life.

Get back to class!

Seriously the quicker you get moving the better, the longer the break the harder it is mentally to return, just take a deep breath and come along (I will be nice I promise).

Outdoors really helps

I have sent lots of e-mails about the benefits of outdoor exercise, just when I thought I had read everything on this subject found another paper from Oxford Brookes which backs this up.

The perceived level of effort when exercising outdoors is less than when in a gym so you work harder  without feeling it.  Exercise outdoors also has a beneficial effect on stress levels and mental health and can increase life expectancy.

There is evidence that green space in an urban environment can improve life expectancy and decrease health complaints. Much of this is thought to be due to a favourable environment for people to exercise. Parks and tree-lined streets have a specific significant relationship with increased longevity. The psychological (and social outcomes, if the activities are shared) benefits may also increase motivation to exercise.

The full report is here

I am always available for support and advice, lets make this summer the healthiest one possible.