Keeping Fit and Losing Weight

Many of us could do with shedding a few pounds, especially after the winter, but that’s often easier said than done.

time to get moving

We can all keep fit and lose weight by simply doing something relatively small every day and gradually altering our diet.

If you’re not sure where to start speak to your local pharmacist or GP.

A few hints and tips:

  • Fitness doesn’t need to be expensive. We have plenty of parks and countryside around us – let’s use them.
  • Don’t do too much or you’ll be put off doing anything.
  • Don’t expect too much of yourself and it’s important that you enjoy the exercise you select.
  • How about borrowing a dog to take for a walk a few times a week?
  • Or a short walk with friends every day? It’s incredible the difference a 20-minute stroll a day can make. It’ll clear your head and you will feel smug because you’ve started regular exercise which will quickly become a pleasurable habit.
  • Look at your local National Trust gardens. They often have lovely walks and their gardens are beautiful all year.
  • Or try gardening yourself! It’s one of the best forms of regular fitness and your family will be delighted.
healthy eating children

What we eat is vital too and there is plenty of advice at health centres and on the NHS Choices website to help with this here.

Collect the recipe cards in your local supermarkets, which are free, and make cooking fun. Keep busy so you’re not thinking about food all the time. If you struggle you may even be referred to a weight-loss programme to help you on your way.

Look up local schemes which help whole families become fitter together, learn how to cook nutritious, healthy meals - and have fun!