Uplift your mood Another benefit to getting active, is the improvement it can bring to your mood. Need an emotional lift and to blow off some steam? Then physical excise is the answer to combating the January blues. It may also help to improve your energy levels, helping to boost your endurance and strengthen your muscles. You might also find that regularly exercising, whether that be a brisk walk or a gym class, can help to promote a better night’s sleep. If you’re struggling to get to sleep or even stay asleep, then physical activity can help with both. However, it’s worth noting that you shouldn’t exercise too close to bed time, as you may find that you are too energised to sleep!
The future of fitness 2018 saw a rise in fitness technology with devices which you can wear to monitor your heart rate, calories burned, and number of steps taken. Pole exercise (for those with the strength and balance) was also a very ‘celebrity friendly’ exercise regime but what does the future hold for 2019? It would appear the new year is bringing in fitness trends relying on DNA testing which can interpret the type of exercise you need to do dependent on whether you have the fat gene. A slightly more physical option would be death metal yoga designed to relieve stress and provide you with a work out at the same time. Forget your ideas of traditional calming yoga, this relies on your ability to head-bang, kick, punch and play air guitar (sounds fun!).
Take count of your habits However, even with regular excise there are many habits that can de-rail our hard work; including excessive alcohol consumption and smoking. The quickest way to see results is of course to give them up or cut down. Giving up smoking for instance, can help to improve your health and energy levels – and if you have decided that this is the year to start a family, your fertility. Within just nine months of giving up smoking, your lung capacity can increase by up to 10% and your blood circulation will also improve which can help you exercise more effectively too.
Should you be more ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ than ‘Motorhead’ then the flotation tank is set to make a come-back. It’s a form of sensory deprivation which has been proven to have calming benefits when used following intense exercise. ‘Alone time’ has been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce blood lactate levels. When combined with the benefits of physical exercise this can improve body awareness, stability and reaction times.
Whatever resolution you make to be fit and healthy in 2019 – enjoy it!
However, if you decide that gentle is not for you and you want to feel the burn, many local gyms will offer fitness programs tailored to your needs with exercise classes and a personal trainer who will design and supervise a programme for you. This can be an expensive option and needs commitment on your part, however it will consider your current levels of fitness and will not push you beyond these limits.
Most gyms will also have Jacuzzis and hot tubs so the relaxation following a strenuous exercise session may have its own benefits!