With the summer weather steadily improving, now is the perfect time to dig those shorts, sarongs and bikinis out of the wardrobe.
But what of your body? Will you enjoy heading for the beach and exposing an untoned body? Are you really the shape you want to be?
If the answer to those questions is no, take the chance to stretch your legs and get moving. Here are a few ways to stay healthy and get fit over the summer in the borough of Richmond:
Take up Yoga
Yoga as a discipline has a range of health, physical and mental benefits - promoting flexiblity, reducing stress as well as increasing stamina and strength. It can be practicised by anyone at any age, and with a variety of different types of yoga now available it's never been easier to find a class to suit your individual needs.
Once dubbed "the exercise world's best-kept secret" Pilates has grown increasingly popular in recent years and is now taught in several forms.
Focusing on the "core muscles" of the abdomen, if your goal is a more flexible and toned body, pilates is perfect as it promotes both body strength and flexibility, encouraging the mind to control the muscles. The regime is also great at prevention and alleviating the symptoms of back pain.
Exercise doesn't have to be limited to the gym, an exercise mat, rowing machine or treadmill. It also doesn't have to be a chore. You can keep fit and healthy and have fun by just partaking in a hobby.
If you're interested in attending a small and friendly dance class, with an emphasis on having fun and getting fit, why not try Lucy Potter Dance.
If you're looking to do more rigorous exercise this summer ensure you have a decent pair of trainers as preventing injury is easier than cure and recovering from a sports injury can be a painstaking process.
Mass produced sports shoes can only do so much in trying to cater for the multitude of foot shapes, weight differences and biomechanical anomalies.
That's where a specialist shop comes in - Foot care specialists Foot Solutions Richmond will fit you properly with stylish, comfortable footwear while addressing any potential foot problems.
Find a diet suited to you
With the UK as a nation declared as obese, it's crucial that we keep control of our weight and eating healthily is the first step in promoting weight loss.
If you feel you need help in losing the weight and support in keeping it off, why not consult weight loss clinic Weight Medics, in Richmond.
Their experienced team of doctors can help you make a permanent change to your eating habits.
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