🌍 How To Boost Your Physical Fitness In 2022
Have you ever watched professional swimmers, divers, and other water sports pros and wondered how they achieve their physique? The answer lies in a mixture of strict diet, physical training, and conditioning, as well as a natural predisposition towards a certain kind of body. In fact, there’s even a psychological misconception that goes along with this; the “swimmer’s body” illusion refers to a bias by which you attribute characteristics to activities and not vice versa.
However, just because you can’t necessarily achieve the same kind of body that pros like Michael Phelps or Tom Daley have, that doesn’t mean you can’t get more physically fit to enjoy water sports and other disciplines in your own way. Getting fit essentially means being able to perform the daily tasks that you need to perform in a more efficient way, after all, and there are plenty of ways to do that. Here’s how you can boost your physical fitness in 2022.
Pick up some personal gym equipment (or get a membership)
For many, working out at home with just weights, or running around the block, isn’t enough. They need a dedicated fitness environment in which they can focus entirely on improving their body. If that’s you, then you may want to consider buying some gym equipment or picking up a gym membership. Fitness equipment doesn’t have to cost the earth; there are lots of cheaper options out there that will more than fit the bill. If you do want the good stuff, though, you’ve got lots of options; you could take out a £2500 loan to outfit your own personal gym, for example, and that would save you on gym fees in the long run!
Take up walking
Walking can be a surprisingly effective way to get fit. If you don’t want to join a gym and you don’t feel like you have the energy or the inclination to start running or lifting weights, then you should consider starting up a regular walking routine. Walking just 30 minutes a day can have a hugely beneficial effect on your fitness, so you don’t even need to implement a lengthy walk into your daily routine. It’s not just your physical fitness, either; taking a walk outside for 30 minutes a day can have a massively positive effect on your mental health as well, so if you’re struggling with that, then consider taking up walking!
Join your local pool
If you’re specifically looking to get fitter in order to take up water sports, then you should think about joining your local pool. Depending on where you live, you may have a pool within walking or public transport distance that can accommodate whatever your needs might be, so make sure you’re doing your research and finding out what the best pool near you might be. You can even use Google for this; the site’s Map Pack feature means just typing in “pools” will give you more local options tailored to your location! Be sure to talk to the attendants and fitness pros at the pool about what options you have in terms of services and classes.
Get a fitness tracker
Fitness tracking devices from companies like Fitbit and Samsung can be hugely helpful in terms of boosting your physical fitness. They can give you regular reminders to work out, eat well, and drink water, all of which are important for improving and maintaining your health. You don’t even need to pay through the nose for these devices; they can be pretty cheap, and even a basic fitness tracker that tracks the amount of steps you’ve done on any given day can be beneficial for you. Picking up a fitness tracker should arguably be the first step on your journey to better physical fitness, but even if you can’t stretch to a tracker, your phone likely has a built-in tracking system as well.
Follow a YouTube workout
One of the many benefits of YouTube being available for free is that you’ll find endless amounts of fitness classes and tutors out there willing to do classes entirely without payment. Whether you like to keep up a regular cardio routine or engage in a relaxing yet invigorating round of yoga, you’ll almost certainly find a YouTuber out there who has a class ready for you. This option is great if you’re not a fan of walking or running outside, because you don’t even need to leave your house. Many classes can be over in 15-20 minutes, too, so you won’t need to spend a large chunk of your day maintaining your physical fitness!
Improve your diet
Diet is actually one of the most important factors when it comes to fitness. Many people sorely understate the importance of diet, but the fact is that eating well contributes massively to whether or not your body is doing what it’s supposed to. In fact, scientists believe that the balance in terms of weight loss and fitness maintenance is skewed pretty heavily towards diet. You can exercise as much as you like, but if you aren’t eating right, then that exercise is going to have a heavily diminished effect (if it has an effect at all). As such, improving your diet is paramount. Try cooking more meals at home and balancing the nutrients in those meals as much as you can. You’ll notice a difference!
Our final tip is to make sure that you’re getting enough sleep. You may not think this step is important, but ensuring you have a regular and consistent sleep cycle is actually a huge part of your fitness regime. When your body is recovering from a workout, sleep allows your muscle tissue to recover, which is crucial. If you don’t get enough sleep, your body won’t recover properly from workouts for longer, which means it’ll take longer for you to feel like you can get back in the gym and hit the weights or the treadmill again.