Kickstart your journey to better health
If 2020 has taught us anything it’s to be more honest with ourselves about our own general health. But the good news is there has never been a better time to get and feel fitter.
Gaining weight doesn’t happen overnight, it’s a gradual process, a result of modern-day life and the odd unhealthy habit.
And carrying extra pounds causes fat to build up around vital organs, making it harder for the body to fight against cancer, heart disease and now COVID-19.
But knowing this the pandemic may be just the impetus we need to start on a journey to better health.
The NHS has produced a free Couch to Fitness app you can download – https://www.nhs.uk/better-health/ – a 12-week weight loss programme to help us start healthier eating habits and be more active.
You can set your goals, use the BMI calculator to customise your plan, make healthier food choices using the Easy Meal app, get more active and record your activity and progress.
The aim of the fitness part of the plan is to get you into the habit of regular exercise in 12 weeks.
You can start with a daily walk and then add in other elements, such as couch to 5k, strength and flex exercises and 10-minute workouts.
The workouts are equipment-free routines which easily fit into your daily schedule. There are six in all – one for every day in the week if you include a rest day – each working on a different area of your fitness so you’ll improve your general health, strengthen and tone.
All you need to get started is a smartphone and a little will power. Go well!
Did you know? Small changes like swapping sugary drinks for water or ditching sugar from your tea can make a big difference in the long term. Veggies, meanwhile, keep you full for longer. They are low in calories, high in fibre and make great snacks, too.
* Please note, if you have special dietary requirements or medical needs do seek advice from a registered healthcare professional.