For those who remained in the UK it has been a summer of mixed blessings. The weather let us down and many of us felt frustrated that we could not engage in the outdoor activities that we enjoy. On the other hand the Olympics and Paralympics have enthralled us with excitement of supporting our own athletes and for those who took the journey to the various venues, the once in a lifetime experiences in the sports arena. It has been amazing to see what the human body can do when the mind pushes it to its limit of performance.
Exercise is good for the heart and keeps obesity at bay. Obesity is now one of the leading causes of illnesses such as diabetes and cancers and is costing our Health Service a great deal. We will not only be good role models for our children who will grow into a healthier earning generation (and pay taxes to look after us in our old age) we will also protect the legacy of the Health Service from demise.
Many people engage actively in sport and physical training. The incentives vary from having a fit slim body to simply being part of a healthy lifestyle while to others it is an opportunity to socialize. The first step is always the hardest, and it starts with the posture of our minds. In order to succeed we must stay focused on the ultimate goals we have set for ourselves; for example longevity, looking good and youthful etc. A helpful tip is placing a visual reminder of an incentive for example a picture of a body you inspire to, or of your loved ones for whom you want to have a prolonged health span. Some people buy an outfit that is several sizes smaller and work to get into and remain in it; these things usually help to concentrate the mind.
We do not necessarily need to join the gym or buy expensive equipment; success in fitness has been known to begin with the humble energetic walking and building up to more challenging regimes.
Every journey starts with one step and when the going feels tough and the spirit is waning; remember the gritty determination etched on the faces of our Olympians as they pushed their body to the limits of human physical ability; be inspired to soldier on.