Tennis isn’t just for those interested in the Australian Open! We all love to watch it on TV, but it’s also the sport of choice for those who want to live longer. Danielle Steedman, Naturopath and Blackmores Wellbeing Coach, looks at 5 ways (including tennis) to get fit in 2018.
- Tennis anyone?
A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found those who picked up a racquet experienced significant health benefits .Whether you’re playing in a competition, or meeting friends for a friendly hit over the net, tennis is a great way to help you burn calories (around 420cals per hour), increase your aerobic strength, reduce lower body fat, and improve muscle tone, strength and flexibility.
- Take a walk
Walking is one of the simplest ways to improve your fitness, burn calories, and even improve your mental wellbeing. It’s also free, and ideal for everybody, regardless of fitness level. The recommended daily steps an adult should take is 10,000, which may sound overwhelming, but there are some simple ways to boost your number:
- Park further away at the shops
- Set your alarm clock 30 minutes earlier each day and go for a 30-minute walk at least five days a week
- Head for the hills to increase your fitness
- Involve the kids and go for a walk as a family
- Download a pedometer app and watch your daily goal increase for extra motivation
- Try something new
Make 2018 the year that you’re finally going to brave those rock walls, take up surfing, or join a sporting team. Not only will you get fit, but you’ll be happier, your social life will improve, and you’ll even increase your brain capacity. What are you waiting for?
- Be mindful
Getting your “zen” on may be better for you than originally thought. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Sports Psychology found those who practise mindful activities, such as meditation and yoga, were more motivated to exercise regularly.
- Set a goal
Whatever workout you decide to do, or try in 2018, setting clear and realistic goals is the best way you’ll achieve them. Write down a daily or weekly exercise plan so that you’re clear on where and how fitness fits into your life.
About Danielle Steedman
Danielle Steedman has been a practicing Naturopath for more than 17 years, with time spent in clinical practice in Australia and the UK, and working in various corporate environments in education, training and product development. With a balanced approach to health, Danielle’s naturopathic philosophy is to educate patients through dietary and lifestyle choices and support healing with nutrition and herbal medicine. Danielle is a Blackmores Wellbeing Coach. Blackmores is empowering Australians to take control of their health and wellbeing. To start your wellbeing journey and get your personalised health plan, visit the Blackmores Wellbeing Check at www.wellbeingcheck.com.au
Blackmores is an official sponsor of the Australian Open.
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