Our Health and Training Tips

Light nights are on the horizon, however coming out of the winter months it can be hard to re-motivate yourself to stay active. Whether you are working towards your first 5k, training for your next big marathon or simply trying to be more active this year, we’ve got some useful tips to help you become the best version of you in 2024.

  • If you are new to running or coming back from a break, it’s important to listen to your body and start slow. Gradually increase either the distance you cover or the intensity of your runs over time to avoid over exertion and reduce the risk or injury. Common practice is to increase either of these by 10% each week depending on how often you train.

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  • Set specific, achievable goals for your physical activity. Whether it’s aiming to walk a certain number of steps per day, running a 5k, or mastering a new yoga pose, having clear goals can provide motivation and direction for your fitness journey.
  • Look for opportunities to be active throughout the day, especially if you can’t set aside dedicated workout time. Take the stairs instead of the lift, walk or bike instead of driving for short trips. Remember, every step counts!
  • It’s important to schedule regular exercise without it feeling burdensome. Make it social by joining classes or exercising with friends can help. Finding enjoyable activities is crucial. Many options beyond the gym, like hiking, dancing, swimming, cycling, or sports, improve strength, flexibility, and endurance. Variety is essential for engagement, preventing boredom, and challenging different muscle groups for overall fitness.

Everyone Active have a series of leisure centres full of classes and equipment dedicated to get people moving. Check them out here and find a centre near you!

  • Nutrition is crucial for energy levels, muscle repair, immune support, and weight management. Incorporating nutrient-rich foods and maintaining balance can also enhance mental health. Aim for a variety of whole foods like fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats. For meal inspiration, check out: Mindful Chef’s website.
  • Finally, remember that consistency is more important than perfection when it comes to staying active. If you miss a workout or don’t meet your goals, don’t be too hard on yourself. Instead, focus on getting back on track and making physical activity a sustainable part of your lifestyle.

These tips were taken from our Events of the North quarterly newsletter, January – March 2024. To read the whole newsletter, click here.