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National fitness day – Everyday ways we can all get some exercise

National Fitness Day in the U.S. is celebrated on the first Saturday of May – on May 7 this year. The day was founded by Kim Bielak and is dedicated to a whole day showing the importance of fitness.

After running her first half marathon in 2015, Kim was inspired to share the sense of growth and empowerment she experienced firsthand with others across the country. Upon discovering that there wasn’t one official day dedicated to fitness in the US at the time, she worked with like-minded people across the country to launch the very first celebration in 2017.

On National Fitness Day 2022, we want to inspire you to get moving in anyway you can

Fitness isn’t just about smashing a 501kg deadlift or having all 1612986 ab muscles popping, fitness is about showing what our bodies are capable of, and enjoying getting moving.

We want to challenge you on National Fitness Day to get your body moving in any way possible. In fact, we’ve even got some suggestions below!

Go for a walk

Whether it be your local trail or just taking a walk around your neighborhood, taking a brisk stroll is a great way to get your heart pumping. Walking can even prevent or manage various conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure.

If you want to get out there a bit more, there are also over 1200 National Recreation Trails spanning the US. Find one near you and get yourself outside. You’d be surprised how much walking increases your mental alertness, energy and positive mood.

Dance party

I mean who doesn’t love dancing! Dancing is a whole-body workout that’s actually fun. It’s good for your heart, it makes you stronger, and it can help with balance and coordination. A 30-minute dance class burns between 130 and 250 calories, about the same as jogging.

Lets be honest, music and dancing is way more fun than jogging!

Go for a bike ride

Riding your bike is one of the best ways and quickest ways for you to get around without using a car. Whether you’re trying to get healthier, help the environment, or just avoid the high cost of gas, cycling is certainly going to help get your body moving.

What makes cycling especially good is that it’s perfect for beginners. If you’re new to fitness or bouncing back from an injury, you can cycle at a low intensity. As you get more fit, you can increase the intensity, get faster, or continue to cycle at a chill pace.

Just make sure you follow the rules in your area!

Hit the gym

We know not everyone will be a hard gym goer, and joining a gym at any time of life can be a daunting experience if you’re not used to them, but there are loads of positive benefits of joining a gym that will enhance your life extraordinarily.

If you aren’t a seasoned gym warrior, you’ll find it comforting that even those that are find entering a new gym a bit unnerving. In fact, most people will feel slightly anxious in a gym the first 30 times they go. Once you’ve got your first 20-30 visits under your belt, you’d be surprised how easy and more relaxed you’ll feel entering a weights section.

Lifting weights in a gym isn’t only going to help you build muscle, you’re going to have increase energy levels, better your balance and flexibility, and improve your physique and posture

Make a splash in the pool

As well as being fun and suitable for all ages, swimming is a great way to get exercise whilst also being low impact. So if you’re suffering from an injury, or struggling to put pressure on a joint, swimming might be the answer for you. 

The benefits are huge too. It can be a relaxing and peaceful form of exercise, helping you alleviate stress. Through using all your muscles, you’ll help build endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness, whilst also getting an all body workout.

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