Keeping fit and healthy is really very simple. Move often, eat healthily and drink plenty of water! Yes it’s that simple, but sometimes we just overcomplicate it.

The gym is not for everyone but regular moderate exercise is accessible to all and more importantly can be enjoyed by anyone   As the summer months are upon us, the Bikeathon highlights just one activity, amongst many, that can combine fun with all the positive benefits that regular exercise can bring.

The advent of the fit bit is a really useful tool in helping us to focus on moving more in an ever increasingly sedentary world. Getting up and going for a 20 minute walk can be really effective for us both physically and mentally. Our bodies were designed to move so let’s get moving!!

Nutrition and what we put into our bodies is also a really important factor in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Increasingly and positively we are now being made ever more aware of the value of ‘clean eating’. In essence taking more control of what we put into our bodies rather than allowing other external sources to control it for us, will ensure that we can give ourselves the fuel we need to function optimally. Convenience/packaged foods tend to be loaded with hidden artificial ingredients and the ‘low fat’, ‘sugar free’ options can be very misleading. Therefore, a little change in mindset and lifestyle, by taking time to cook using fresh ingredients can go a long way to ensuring that your body doesn’t overload with artificial and less nutritious food types. The short lived feel good factor that we gain from the sugar high is soon followed by the low and a vicious cycle ignited.  Staying well hydrated is also extremely important and drinking 2 litres of water a day will satisfy your body’s requirements and a little more if you are doing a lot of exercise. The simple rule of thumb is that if you feel thirsty then you’ve not drunk enough!

Keeping healthy ultimately has to come from within. The barriers to maintaining a healthy lifestyle are all surmountable. To coin a very common phrase ‘it takes 21 days to change a habit and 90 days to change a lifestyle’. To that end, make some simple changes now and reap a lifetime of reward… your mind and body will thank you for it. Move more, eat clean and drink plenty and in time you will feel amazing…and also remember that the odd bit of cake or chocolate here and there is equally good for the soul!!!

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