Any time I turn on the TV or walk down the aisles of a supermarket, I feel inundated with hundreds of the latest ‘Get Fit Quick’ schemes on magazines, celebrity workout DVDs, or signs for the newest miracle drink that will practically turn you into a Goddess.
Yet, in reality, I’d wager a lot of these celebrities and fitness gurus have more free time than I have had over the years of being a single mum. Although both of my kids are at college now, it’s still hard to keep up a fitness regime. I’ve known people to jump on the hottest diet trend, whether that’s Paleo, Atkins or the 5:2 diet (eating normally for five days of the week, then essentially fasting for the other two), only to give up a few days in and go back to their old ways. And let’s not even go into the ‘New Year, New You’ campaigns that gyms successfully advertise every January, only for most new members to eventually quit after a few days of pumping iron.
The truth is that a lot of us today are either too lazy or unmotivated to stay in shape, but I believe there are simple ways to have a healthy diet and exercise regime – all from the comfort of your home.
Yoga – There aren’t really any bad words to say about doing yoga. It burns calories, tones muscles, relieves stress and can be done on your living room floor. If you’re a newbie, I’d recommend starting off with some easy beginner’s poses, such as ‘The Mountain’, ‘The Tree’, or ‘The Warrior’.
Exercising at home – Gym memberships do seem like an attractive offer at first. All those machines at your disposal and with usually a manageable monthly fee, yet the shine wears off when you realise you’re only sticking to one piece of equipment and perhaps for only 20 minutes at that. Plus, the idea of trekking down to the gym often only serves to demotivate me. I’ve recently been liking the idea of using a company like Hammer to get some fitness equipment for at home. I already have an ancient exercise bike just gathering dust, but I would love something more modern like a cross trainer, that I can jump on whenever I’m in the mood for some exercise.
Eating well – Along with exercise and yoga, I firmly believe that a diet should be well balanced and regulated. The right amount of fats, carbs and proteins will work wonders for your body when served in delicious and healthy meals. Whenever I have the time to run down to the supermarket, the choice can often be overwhelming and sometimes some sneaky not-so-healthy items find their way into my basket. I’ve heard good things about home delivery companies such as Bodychef, as they do the hard work and send menu plans along with healthy food straight to the door.
You don’t need to make life-altering changes to your fitness regime or diet, just eat the right things and exercise on your own schedule, and you’ll easily stay in shape all year round.