January is almost here, have you thought about your 2019 resolutions yet? Raise your hand if you’ve ever set a crazy-ambitious New Year’s resolution (run a triathlon! write a book! travel around the world!) only to lose sight of it around February or so, when you realize you might have bitten off a little more than you could chew. Getting back in shape is definitely one of the most common resolutions, yet most people automatically connect this to joining a gym, so we see a huge boom in gym subscriptions in January, but how long do we last? A staggering amount of £600 million are wasted every year in unused gym memberships, have you contributed to this in the past? If so it is time to change! Here’s our top three tips on how to be more active in 2019 with no need of a gym and learn how to exercise without realizing!
WALK, WALK, WALK:
very often when you are in central London it takes less time or the same amount of time to walk rather than getting public transport. So do so? But don’t take always the same route, try new ones every time, that will take you exactly the same amount of time but will show you different streets and areas. No matter if you are late, power walking is most probably the most reliable means of transport as you don’t risk being held up on a train or on a bus. Sightseeing is extremely beneficial for both your body and mind, no matter whether it is for 10 minutes or half an hour, enjoy everything that is surrounding you and as you do so focus on your breathing and on making every muscle of your body work (every step we take engages 200 muscles, so use them!). Walk up and down the stairs, feel you abs whilst walking, look after your posture and you will see some incredible benefits.
TAKE A LUNCH BREAK:
we know, most Londoners think that taking lunch breaks is almost a signal of being lazy and so they quickly eat a sandwich in front of their computer whilst never stop working, This is not good and is actually counterproductive! OUR BRAIN NEEDS A BREAK. Breaks are incredibly beneficial to increase our productivity, creativity and improve our mood. Try to go out for a little walk even if it is just for 10-15 minutes and look around, explore the area where you work. Try not using your phone, switch off and try to discover something new every day. You will feel a lot more energised when you get back to the office. Need a hand with this? Get in touch and we are happy to send you a list of at least 10 places you should see in your area! If you struggle to do so do it after work rather than going to the same old pub!
London is the world in a city, you never stop discovering it and it never stops amazing you. But how much time do you spend to explore it? Research shows how regular breaks and sightseeing are a lot more beneficial to our mental and physical health than just a few long holidays a year. Try to discover something new every week, join an experience, go for a walking tour, adventure in areas that you don’t know, get inspired and get active! Check out a few London experiences that will get you active and fit without realizing whilst enjoying London to the full.