Around this time of year, a lot of us look into improving our health and fitness. But in order to stay healthy this summer, you don’t have to join an expensive gym or eat salads every day.
Here are a few small changes you can make in order to improve your health in the coming summer months.
Go running, jogging or walking
A great way to improve your fitness levels is to start going for regular runs, jogs or walks. This can also be a great time for you to get out in nature, listen to your favourite music, and clear your head.
If you don’t want to go out alone, then there is actually some local running and walking clubs that you could join.
Every Wednesday at 9.30am the Clumber Park runners meet. This is a free running group, open to both beginners and improvers.
Every Saturday morning there is also a Sherwood Pines Saturday park run for both beginners and improvers, with volunteers timing people doing the 5k trail from 9am.
If you’re interested in walking, then every Sunday there is a friendly Walkabout at Clumber Park too.
Studies have shown that walking just 30 minutes a day can really decrease your risk of chronic disease. You can learn more about the benefits of simply just walking each day here: https://www.prevention.com/fitness/a20485587/benefits-from-walking-every-day/
Alternatively, if you’re just getting started running and aren’t yet confident enough to join a club, you could try out the NHS’s “Couch to 5K” program. The program provides podcasts to listen to each week, aimed at improving your running ability. Learn more here: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/couch-to-5k-week-by-week/
Join a sports club or team
If you’re more interested in athletics, and joining a sports club or team, then there are plenty of options for you right outside your own door.
Worksop, Retford and Harworth have dedicated sports teams and clubs covering a range of activities, including football, martial arts, tennis, gymnastics, swimming.
Learn to cook some healthier recipes
When it comes to eating healthier, one of the best ways to do this is to find a recipe that you enjoy both cooking and eating, and it’s a healthy one!
There are lots of great online resources to use to find healthy recipes that you can try out. BBC Good Food have loads of meals for you to try out, and you can see those here: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/category/healthy
You might not be surprised to hear this, but cooking healthy food at home is usually the cheapest option. Vegetables are one of the cheapest things you can purchase at the supermarket, so why not fill your plate with meals full of them?
Find healthy foods that you enjoy
One of the best tips when it comes to healthy eating is to find good food that you enjoy eating. You’re never going to feel motivated to eat healthier if the food you’re trying to consume is not appetising to you. By finding healthy foods that you want to eat, you’re much more likely to actually eat them!
There’s so many different types of fruits and vegetables, there is bound to be some out there that you enjoy. Plus, just like above, fruit and vegetables can often be the cheapest thing to buy at the supermarket, with things like carrots costing less than 20p each.
The most important thing to remember here is to not be scared to try new foods, and have an open mind when doing so. You never know, but your new favourite food may just be a fruit that you have never tried before!
You can learn more about a healthy balanced diet here, along with some more recipes: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/