National Fitness Day
An annually run event that falls in September. On this day people across the U.K. complete some form of exercise or take part in various sports events across the nation. It is also a great time to look at trying out a new fitness activity!
National Fitness Day is a great way to either kick off your fitness journey or improve it. By creating a fitness routine you will find there are both physical and mental improvements to be gained. By completing just 150 minutes of moderate activity each week (for adults) you are already reducing risks such as heart disease, strokes, diabetes and cancer!
Overall Health Impact
After the year we had in 2020 Mental Health has become an even bigger topic than in previous years. Sport has been seen as one of the best ways to help combat mental health decline. Therefore we recommend everyone where possible to get involved in National Fitness Day and celebrate with us!
One of the main reasons people give for not increasing their weekly physical activity is that they do not “have time”. Even if you don’t get to complete the recommended 150 minutes of exercise each week, just one hour a week can still have an impact on your overall health!
Social media and gaming has become almost a routine of our daily lives which can sometimes be a leading factor to poor physical and mental fitness. So rather than talking to friends online or over social media, why not invite them to go out for a walk, run or even a kick about? By just getting out of the house and socialising you are already on your way to combating your mental health as well as contributing to your 150 minutes of exercise!
Benefits of Exercise
As well as improving physical and mental fitness, sport also has a great way of introducing people to valuable life skills, whether that’s at work or just in general day to day activities. Team sport has many valuable life skills to be taught, the main obvious one being teamwork. Companionship, respect and understanding are another line of skills that can be learnt as well as leadership for those captaining teams.
That being said, taking part in individual sports also has its life skills to be learnt. When competing alone skills such as motivation, desire and resilience are learnt and rooted into your everyday activities.
Other forms of exercise that can be completed alone can be as simple as joining a gym and working out. However this can even be done at home! During 2020 and the after effects of Covid, home gyms have become increasingly popular. So, if going to the gym is something you want to get involved in but maybe have to drive too far to get and don’t have time or even if you’re no longer comfortable going to one, then Iron King may just have the solution for you!