Working from home: the importance of exercise

When you work from home, it’s easy to get comfortable. We don’t just means in terms of work, which hopefully won’t happen, but in terms of health and fitness. When you’re not working at an office or away from home, you can find you’re body and mind is stronger. Working from home can be great but you have to spend time talking to your clients and networking with other people who have a similar setup to you, rather then isolating yourslf. If of course, you have conference calls with your clients often then you’ll be socialising regularly enough, but fitness is just as important. Taking time in the day to walk to the shops or do a 10-minute HIIT (High intensity interval training) exercise will give you the urge to do more with your day. You can do this in the morning before your working day begins and it will make you feel a lot healthier and happier.

The Yoga Trend

Yoga has been around for decade or perhaps even centuries – we’re not entirely sure! But what we do know is it’s now more popular than ever. You only have to scroll down your Instagram feed to see at least one person doing a yoga pose on a beach. There are now hundreds of websites allowing you to find a yoga trainer, whilst DVDs, magazines and editorial features in glossy magazines are also clear to see. We think 2016 is clearly the rise of yoga and it only seems to be getting popular. Yoga is all about stretching, becoming more flexible, breathing and improving your lifestyle so it’s certainly not a bad thing. Whilst it’s mainly female dominated, it is becoming more common for males to take up yoga and we can only expect it to grow in popularity over the coming years.

Doing HIIT in the morning

If you were to do a high intensity interval-training workout every morning, you will significantly improve your fitness and stamina. One of the most popular celebrities endorsing this type of training right now is Joe Wicks, a personal trainer, and he says doing this type of training in line with a healthy diet is the perfect way to ‘melt fat away’ and build muscle. If you want to significantly improve your health right now, then consider starting high intensity interval training today, you won’t regret it. You can do squats, star jumps, high knees, burpies and sit-ups to burn fat and start toning, and many of the exercises can be found on Joe Wicks’ website and social media channels like Facebook and YouTube, yet there are many HIIT workouts in the app store too, so you can have classes saved on your phone ready for your new morning routine.

Finding the time to workout

It’s not always easy to find the time to workout. You could be stuck at work until the late evening leaving yourself just a small amount of time to travel home, eat dinner, wash up and shower. Where’s the time to workout? Well, unfortunately there isn’t always time and on a day when you’re rushed you may have to resort to missing out. That said, on a regularly busy day you may be able to squeeze in a bit of time to do sit-ups, pushups, crunches or star jumps. These exercises can be done in your living room or bedroom and they’re a good option before you head into the shower. If you wake up 20 minutes earlier you may also want to squeeze in some sprints or lunges before you hit the shower, and it’s these minor lifestyle changes that can make you a lot fitter and healthier.

The importance of sleep

Sleep makes you feel better, but its importance goes way beyond just cheering you up or reducing under eye circles. With an adequate amount of sleep, lets say 8 hours each night, you will be one step closer to living a healthy lifestyle. Your memory will improve; you will live longer (according to recent studies) and feel more creative. Sleep gives us pleasure and satisfaction, but it also gives our mind fuel for the day ahead. To be an athlete or a champion, sleep is just as important as working out, and without sleep you’ll run yourself into the ground. Many children who go to bed early have better grades than those who go to bed late. Sleep works, and it’s something you should try do more often if you’re not getting those essential 8 hours each and every night.

Will dog walking help you lose weight?

Dog walking is a light form of cardio, and if you’re not regularly walking much throughout the day, you’ll most likely shred the pounds to begin with. Then, as your body begins to adapt, you’ll need to up the speed and distance you walk to continue losing weight. Eventually you may even have to start jogging and running, so the answer is simple really. Yes you can lose weight dog walking, but you’ll need to continuously push your body to make sure the weight continues to come off. You’ll also need to complement this new lifestyle with healthy meals and sensible eating. That’s easier said than done though because there will be days when you fancy a quick walk around the park, but your body and your dog will demand a longer walk and it’s something you’ll both have to adapt to.

Cardio: How long until I see a difference?

Most health related magazines tell you that if you eat well and do lots of cardio you’ll shed the pounds and became a fitter person. That can be true, but it’s also worth mentioning that it can take a seriously long time. You probably don’t want to hear this right now if you’re looking to lose weight fast but being dedicated over a long period of time is the only way of achieving real results. It takes lots of hard graft and hours in the gym to see a difference, but make sure you don’t give up. Within just a couple of weeks      you’ll see a slight change, but if you take a photo before starting your cardio regime and compare as the weeks go on, you’ll be able to see the bigger picture and you’ll be all the more happier for it.