Exercise can increase energy levels and reduce the risk of serious health conditions such as heart disease or obesity. It can also improve mental health, concentration and sleep quality.
It can be difficult for many people to find the time and motivation to start any kind of exercise regime. However, fitting in 15 minutes of exercise is better than none, and if you do it regularly over a week you will soon feel the benefits. Realistic goal setting is the most important part of sustaining motivation to achieve your goals.
This could include walking between campuses instead of driving or taking the bus or walking the University Mile. You could also use the stairs instead of the lift or join one of the University exercise classes or sports teams. Walking the University Mile around the St John's Campus. There's also an AccessAble guide for this route.
If you’re unsure about your fitness, it may be advisable to see a doctor before you start. Otherwise, try to increase the distance gradually and include rest days. Eating sensibly will help to provide you with energy and this includes the consumption of complex carbohydrates such as wholemeal bread and brown pasta/rice or potato. White meat or fish and plenty of fruit and veg, along with breakfast choices of Porridge, Weetabix and Shredded Wheat will also help and don’t forget to rehydrate yourself by drinking 2-3 litres of water per day.
Sensible footwear such as running shoes or walking boots is imperative to avoid blisters and sore ankles. As fitness increases, why not join a local walking group and enjoy the beautiful Worcestershire scenery?
Don’t try and do too much too soon, especially if you haven’t exercised for a while. Maybe start with a gentle 20-30 minute jog around your local park or the racecourse but make sure you have good running shoes that support your arch and ankles and have cushioning on the heel. Some running shops will analyse your running style for free and recommend certain types of trainers.
Motivation could be maintained by altering your route to take in some different scenery or by entering a local 5K or 10K or find a running partner or club. As with walking, the need to eat sensibly and to keep rehydrated is important.
For information on Personal training sessions at the University, please contact the St. John’s Campus Fitness Suite at firstname.lastname@example.org