Here at Forever Living we like to encourage fitness all year round, but there's no better day to start than on National Fitness Day – a day that celebrates the fun of fitness and physical activity across the UK. We are also super excited about the day because we’ve caught up with some lovely fitness bloggers who want to share their fitness tips with you to get you on the road to a fitter and healthier you!
Ali from www.alihemsley.com
Have a variety of goals and have one longer term goal – for example, to run a marathon – then split it into smaller, more achievable goals which will help you progress. Your first goal might just be to go for a ten-minute walk. It doesn’t matter how small you start, all that matters is that you start. By setting smaller goals, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment much earlier on and this will help keep you motivated!
Catarina from www.thatfitster.com
Do it for how it FEELS, not for how it LOOKS. I wish someone had told me this years ago. Exercising releases happiness endorphins that will get you hooked on the good stuff. Chasing that high leads to a regular, consistent practice – that’s when the health benefits for life kick in. Doing the ‘four-weeks-to-a-six-pack challenge’ is just setting yourself up for a disappointment. Change your mindset. Do it for the right reasons. That perky booty? Just something that happens along the way.
Sarah from https://thatsquatbot.com/
When it comes to fitness, doing an imperfect something is always better than doing nothing, so don't wait for perfect conditions before you start. If you're struggling to find time to do your full, one-hour workout, then just get some shorter, fifteen-minute workouts in when you can. If you don't own any fitness equipment then give it a go with what you have – tins of beans or even a small child can work really well for weighted movements, and a brisk walk doesn't require any equipment at all. In the words of Theodore Roosevelt: do what you can with what you have, where you are – and this applies to your fitness, too!
Emma from http://harmonyblaze.co.uk/
I love running, but when it is just me and the road or me and the treadmill, I really struggle when it gets tough. Making it a social affair really helps keep me going both when the route gets more challenging and when even putting on my trainers feels like a chore. It makes you accountable for more than just your own fitness, it makes it fun and at the end of it you not only feel healthier, you feel like a good friend, too!
Annie from http://www.talesofanniebean.com/
My best fitness tip is investing in a decent pair of trainers. I’ve learnt the hard way of having Achilles and Plantar Fasciitis issues from bad footwear. If you start exercising and stick with it (particularly where running is concerned), find a running shop that will analyse your running technique and foot position and select your footwear to best support your feet. Your feet never stop and they will always take your exercising impact – look after them before anything else.
Amie from www.fitnessforster.com
Make fitness enjoyable and fun; don't feel pressured into going to class or a gym you don't enjoy just because all of your friends go and enjoy it. Fitness is individual to you and if you don't like something the chances of sticking with it are slim. Pick something fun and you are more likely to stay with it as you enjoy it and it makes you feel great!
Do you have a fitness tip? Let us know in the comments!