3 great starting points for really getting active
As we age, getting active can feel like too much trouble. To celebrate the British Heart Foundation’s 60th birthday, I am going to share a few posts with ideas for you to try.
This first one may be the most important because as we know, the most important step on a journey is the first one.
That first step to getting active
For many of us, both time and money are short, but don’t worry – some of the most popular physical activities can be easily worked into your daily routine and require almost no equipment.
For walking, all you need is comfortable footwear, although waterproof clothing will make you more likely to head out even if the sun isn’t shining. For running, a decent pair of trainers is a wise investment. If cycling takes your fancy, check your bike over before you hit the road, or take it to a bike shop for a service.
Give yourself a goal
Set realistic, achievable goals for each week, gradually increasing the distance of your activity or the time you spend doing it. Think about when you’re going to exercise and mark it in your diary or calendar to remind you.
Many people who are new to exercise try to do too much, too soon, and become injured or discouraged, so take it easy.
Don’t forget to start your activity slowly and build up gradually and cool down at the end of your routine. And remember – a setback is not a defeat, so if you have a bad week, pick yourself up and keep going.
Have something to aim for
Training for an event is a great way to stick to your exercise goals – especially if you’re raising money for a good cause.
How soon you’ll be ready for your first event depends on your fitness and what you’re working towards. Most beginners can build up to running 5km in eight or nine weeks, and if you have ambitions to run further, training for a half marathon can be completed in three to six months.
Cyclists should allow about 12 to 18 weeks to train for a 50-mile ride.
My Step Challenge
As a way to give yourself some further motivation and raise some money why not take up the British Heart Foundation’s Step Challenge? It is set at varying levels so there is no excuse!