Step away from the mirror and get fit from the inside out
When many people talk about getting fit, they talk about body image. The image that we see in the mirror and present to others affects our self-confidence, but for many this focus on body image isn’t actually motivating. In fact, poor body image may be a barrier to exercise – for example, some people won’t exercise in public for fear being judged by others. We are asking you to cast looks aside and think about fitness from the inside out. Be motivated for your heart, brain, bones and for your mind. Get fit for your future: to live better, longer, happier and disease-free. Do it to inspire the people you love to look after their health.
Fitness is a personal investment for lifelong health
Did you know that physical inactivity directly contributes to one in six deaths in the UK: the same number as smoking? (1) It is medically proven that physical exercise brings the following benefits (2):
- up to a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
- up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes
- up to a 50% lower risk of colon cancer
- up to a 20% lower risk of breast cancer
- a 30% lower risk of early death
- up to an 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis
- up to a 68% lower risk of hip fracture
- a 30% lower risk of falls (among older adults)
- up to a 30% lower risk of depression
- up to a 30% lower risk of dementia
While the above conditions might not seem to be on your immediate horizon, you shouldn’t procrastinate. In your day-to-day life, being physically fit reduces anxiety and stress, boosts your energy levels and immune system, improves concentration, helps you sleep better and helps to control your weight. In youngsters, physical activity improves academic performance. The way you live your life today will help define the quality of your life now and in older age. Taking up exercise at any age is going to bring you benefits. It is never too late and you can get all these benefits without looking like a supermodel.
Make a change!
Making a change is not easy – even elite athletes need encouragement and expert advice to keep going and reach their goals. At BodyUK, we understand that your personal experiences and commitments affect your health and lifestyle choices. We’ve created a number of options to support you to optimize your diet and fitness in the framework of your busy life. This spring we’ll be introducing a new online option that you can do anytime, anywhere, with personal support. This 90-day online programme, HIIT 90, is based on “high intensity interval training” (HIIT) which is for most people the most time efficient and effective way to work out. If you’d like to be kept up-to-date about the launch of HIIT 90, please sign up at this link.
The next time you think about fitness, we ask you to think about the changes you’ll make from the inside out. For more information or to discuss your goals, please get in touch. In the next blog, we will look at the science behind HIIT and how it can change your life.
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- C3 Collaborating for Health (2011). Noncommunicable diseases in the UK. A briefing paper for Parliament. (Accessed: 11 March 2016).NHS Choices (2015).
- Benefits of Exercise. (Accessed: 11 March 2016)