Living the city life in London can be tiring and at times stressful, which can also mean finding the time to relax and exercise can be easier said than done. The problem is that being able to relax and keep fit is a vital part of staying healthy. We’re going to look at how these things can fit into your day-to-day life.
We’ll start by saying that committing to being fit and healthy doesn’t necessarily mean having to dedicate two hours every day to the gym. For most people this an unrealistic expectation and one which can cause people to shy away from maintaining a good health and fitness routine. Keeping fit can be as simple as making some minor changes to your daily routine. For example, if you spend all day tied to a desk at work you could make a point to spend your lunch hour on your feet. Go for a walk in a local park or even hit a few shops. An even easier change to make is simply taking the stairs instead of the lift. For those who live and work in London, a popular activity is cycling. As well as saving on rising transport costs it is also a fantastic workout – and if you’re cycling to and from places you already need to be it doesn’t take time out your schedule. Any activity which gets your heart beating faster and leaves you feeling out of breath can be classes as cardio, so no you don’t need to hit the treadmill at full whack for an hour a day!
It’s not just your fitness which is important for your health – it’s also important to find time out to relax and unwind. This activity may require a bit more planning, however if you can find even just a few solid hours a week for yourself you’ll be on the right track. Do what makes you feel relaxed – whether it’s kicking back at home, going for a few drinks or taking up a hobby. A recent study has found that male bonding can really help to lower stress levels, which of course will have a positive effect on overall health. It found that men tend to feel much more relaxed and protected when with other men in social surroundings. This makes the case for getting out and socialising rather than staying in dwelling on work much stronger – it’s also easy to fit in a couple of drinks with your friends!