New Year, New You – What Exercise to do as part of a healthy New Year’s Resolution

Exercise

Well this is where most people struggle. I think it’s all about variety. If I use Repetitive resistance training or any solo activity that lasts more than an hour, I start to lose interest. Luckily, there are a variety of tricks you can employ and as a Dad with limited time, these tricks can be worked into any corner of the day. My friend Callum at www.bodyin8.com has some great suggestions for getting your heart rate up whilst involving the kids. He recommends choosing 4-8 bodyweight exercises. Repeat each exercise back to back for 30-60 seconds, depending on your fitness ability. Repeat the circuit 3-5 times with a 2-minute rest interval between each set.

  1. Press-Ups
  2. Jump Squats
  3. Plank
  4. Burpees
  5. Mountain Climbers
  6. Split Squats

These suggested movements work. Stick some loud music on and the kids will copy you as you workout in the comfort of your living room. Press-Ups crack me up. Watching a four year old with his elbows locked out and pushing his bum up and down is hilarious. ”if you are looking to burn fat and tone your body, a 20 minute high intensity workout is all you need” –Callum.

Poor diet and obesity is having a huge impact on the health services of countries across the globe. In the UK alone, the burden of poor diet-related ill health costs the NHS £5.8 billion each year with the weight of obesity adding a further £5.1 billion annually to an already over-stretched health service.

Diabetes UK is running Swim22 Challenge 2017, one of Diabetes UK’s most important fundraising events of the year. The idea is to swim 22 miles – the width of the Channel – but you can do it in your local pool and at your own pace, between February 22 and May 22. As well as being a fun way to raise money for Diabetes UK, swimming is a great way to active and maintain a healthy weight – vital to reducing your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Jump in at www.diabetes.org.uk/swim22 or call 0345 123 2399. There is no closing date, so swimmers can sign up anytime so long as the challenge is completed by 22 May 2017.

So there you have it. Ease yourself into a healthier lifestyle in 2017. Start slowly and enjoy it.

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