We all want to feel and look amazing – that goes without saying. Some of us invest lots of money into the clothing we wear, or perhaps expensive make up to help ourselves look flawless. Maybe there are some that go on holiday often or visit spas and saunas to help themselves be released from the stresses of life. All of this is normal because, as women, we want to feel content and relaxed within ourselves.
That being said, we live in a world where so much emphasis is put on our external image. How tall are you? How long is your hair? What is your eye colour? Are your teeth straight? Hey – do you contour your nose? The society is very fixated on what can be seen with the eye. Less emphasis is put on how we are internally, both in terms of our mental and spiritual state but also our health. This has many of us running around to create an appearance that suits what others want to see. How often do we run around to create an image that we are happy with?
What you eat and how you treat your body is what forms the appearance you have on the outside. What we see externally is a projection of our internal state. While we are running around looking for the perfect skirt or right shade of foundation, we forget about the importance of running around for our health and fitness. One day, we will no longer be young. A time will come when we will be directly affected by the lifestyle choices we make in our younger years.
But it seems hard right? To think so far ahead to a time that is in the distant future. That spot you had on your forehead and those tired eye bags are all a result of how you are treating yourself. Those jeans that no longer fit because your Eid feast went on for days – that is a product of how you are living your life. Leading an active and healthy life is one of the best ways to rectify the blemishes, spots and awkward marks you so desperately try to cover up. Want clear skin? Drink more. Want a natural glow? Run and get your circulation running.
What stops most leading an active lifestyle they have no idea where to start or what to do. There are some simple changes you can make to your life that will incorporate some activity into your life that will have a lasting effect on your health, body and mind! Doing some of these every day will add up to a good quantity of time being active. Here are 6 to get you going:
This is by far the cheapest form of exercise. Whenever you can take a walk around your local park or area. When going to the shops, leave your car behind and go on foot. Walk to work, school or university. Too long of a commute? Park your car further than usual so you get a 5 minute walk in or get off the public transport a little earlier so you can walk the rest.
Take the stairs
How many times do we take the elevators up just one or two levels?! Get your heart rate racing by climbing up the stairs at work. Be it going up or going down, challenge yourself to continuously do this every day so your endurance levels increase.
Waiting for your food to cook? Adverts to finish before your favourite show? Get yourself up and jog on the spot while you wait. Maybe do a set of 10 squats or as many push ups as you can manage. Rather than waiting around, make the use of the time and get some sweat flowing!
Do your chores
Instead of leaving someone else to do the cleaning at home, get yourself doing the hoover or wiping the kitchen tops. Challenge yourself to get the house spotless in a short space of time, leaving you to wash and wipe at a super speed. A great arm and leg workout in one!
Re-invent your social life
Grab your friend, partner, children, parents and do something active. Go for a walk in the country, head to a fitness class or go to an outdoor adventure park. Whatever it is, spend your family and friend time doing something that will require you to get up and move around. Keep yourself healthy while having a good time – recipe for happiness!
Do a good deed
Help an elderly neighbour with their gardening or offer to babysit a family members energetic children. You hit to birds with one stone with this option because not only are you helping someone out, you will need to get up and running after those children or use your arm muscles to fix up the garden.
Aishah is a medical doctor, weight loss coach and personal trainer. She has a keen interest in promoting a healthier lifestyle for Muslim women and blogs regularly on health, fitness and personal development. Aishah provides as unique service, both online and face-to-face, offering fitness coaching to Muslim women all over the world. Visit her blog Grains and Gains and follow on social media: Instagram and Facebook