Picture this: a stadium full of soccer supporters on a Saturday afternoon at a FA cup final. Can they be more fanatical about their team. Probably not.
We love sport and all that it involves. Some who play the game will tell you what a great thing it is to be in peak condition and be on the top of your game. Getting there though, is hard work. It requires hours and hours of hard work. Training and eating sensibly and living a life dedicated to the sport they play.
Most people take an interest in sport, whether its playing or watching. We have our favourite teams and can be fanatical about watching the games they play. Our levels of involvement can be so great that we get heartsore when our team loses, so wrapped up are we in the sports team we support so avidly.
While we admire the top players, lets remind ourselves that they didn’t get there sitting on the couch all day. They worked hard for it.
The opposite goes for couch-huggers who lack fitness and are generally not as healthy as they could be.
While exercise is mostly related to high productivity levels, let’s look at why it’s so important in our lives.
Body and Mind: Why it’s Important to Exercise
We often think that exercise is something for the benefit of our circulation and body strength. However, there are considerable mental benefits to be derived from doing physical activities associated with exercise.
Over 40% of the UK population between the ages of 41-60 don’t get enough exercise, doing less than 10 minutes a month. This is a far cry from the recommended levels of 150 minutes per week. Not least are children, who are often inclined to being reclined on the couch watching TV or playing video games on their mobiles. While its difficult to get children motivated to exercise somehow, they should be encouraged to do at least an hour a day’s worth of physical activity.
Its true to say that if you are in good shape, you feel good about yourself. Much of this can be achieved with exercise. It also puts you into a good mindset, becoming more relaxed, smiling more often, being less anxious about things.
Relaxing and De-stressing
To exercise regularly, 45 minutes exercise three days a week is viewed as the minimum levels required. Those that are seen as fit people dedicated to regular exercise often train or have physical activity for five days a week or more. The benefits of exercise are easily noticeable. Exercise reduces stress through the stimulation of endorphins in our bodies.
However not everybody likes to exercise. The good news is that there are many ways to get exercise: let’s look at what they are:
Participating in a Sport
Not everyone can be a top sportsman, so that should not be the overarching reason to want to participate in sport. Just playing the game should be reason enough! You can either choose an individual sport or a team sport, which we will discuss shortly.
There are many benefits to belonging to a sports club which has organized practices and games. Some are the discipline and routine this offers, while another is the social environment that clubs offer. Team sports give a great sense of belonging and making a contribution to the other members with you in the team.
In the UK there are so many clubs that you can join, whether its cricket, soccer, rugby, running or cycling, the choices are many. Most have teams at all skills levels, so you are sure to find a level commensurate that is equal to yours.
Individual sports such as water sports, like rowing, canoeing, or sailing and kayaking give excellent aerobic and muscle exercise. Golf with its handicap system is great for all levels as it offers everyone an opportunity to win. Cycling and running too are great for all ages.
Pilates, yoga and aerobics are less strenuous but nevertheless popular ways to exercise. By going to classes with others followed by some social interaction afterwards, you are compelled not to let yourself or the others down. It often turns out that you are more inclined to commit yourself to an exercise routine if you do so with others than doing it all by yourself at home.
Storage of Sports Equipment
Sports equipment is often valuable and needs to be cared for. While some sports like running don’t involve a lot of equipment, bikes, ski equipment or kayaks are pricey and need to be stored securely. Sports equipment is also bulky and can take up space at home. Don’t let that put you off getting yourself ahead with the sport of your choice.
Whether you only use the equipment on a seasonal basis, such as skiing in winter or boating in summer, there is a very easy solution to the storage of these:
At Stop & Store Lowestoft, we are ideally situated to accommodate sports equipment of all kinds. You can easily set up a home gym with your equipment set up in a self-storage unit. With 24/7 access a self-storage unit can be used any time. It’s also easy to choose the size that is best for you and use it in a way that is entirely up to you.
For avid cyclists, and even family members with bicycles, self-storage is an ideal place to keep bikes safe, dry, and secure. Simply start your journey from our storage unit or load the family’s bikes for the day’s outing.
Self-storage offers an ideal way to keep your sporting equipment from cluttering up your house.
Choose from a range of sizes from 12 sq ft to 200 sq ft. They are safe, and free of any pests or moisture and ideal for storing your sporting goods. With no contract to tie you down, you can hire storage space from as short a one month to as long as you require the space.
Conveniently located at 92 Denmark Rd, Lowestoft NR32 2EH, United Kingdom