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Healthy workout habits can do much more than just help us to get fit

The aim of this article is to tackle unhealthy lifestyle habits for women out there who wish to take a step towards changing their sedentary lifestyle into a more healthy and active lifestyle. Yes, most people work out because they want to lose weight and ‘get fit’, but it is just as important to be aware of the lifetime benefits of a healthy active lifestyle.

What is stopping you from going for a brisk walk or jog?
No time, work overload, social gatherings, family errands, too expensive, painful, tiring, lazy, injured – these are the common excuses that many women give for not being able to do some form of exercise. Once you put your mind to it, you will be able to find the time to do a simple 30 minute workout – maybe before you go to work or after work! Remember, that the pain and tiredness you will feel after a workout will just be temporary. But the advantages to be gained from improved health and fitness can be permanent.

Do you need to invest in a healthy active lifestyle?
Yes, you should seriously consider investing your time and money in activities that promote a healthy lifestyle. If you look around you are certain to find affordable “get fit” options. This might turn out to be the most worthwhile investment of your life!

Do you need to have a health and fitness goal?
You definitely need to have a fitness goal from the very beginning as this will help to motivate you. Whether it is losing weight to look better in your clothes or you simply want to improve your general health and wellbeing, having a goal is essential.

Is there anyone who can help you towards your goal?
To get started initially, you will need to have the will and motivation. Your family, friends and trainer are your external motivators who can push you towards your goal and keep you on track so that you do not give up the pursuit of a healthier lifestyle.

How important are good eating habits?
Having the right balanced diet is highly recommended. Even though some people may feel the need to eat a bit more after a workout, if you work out regularly this will boost your metabolism rate, which will help you to continue burning more calories during and after a workout and even when you are resting. It is therefore wise to make exercise an important part of your daily routine, just like eating and sleeping – in time you will look and feel better!

This article was published in the Apr-Jun 2014 issue of Inspire Magazine. Download it here!