Self / 30.05.2017

Beat the post bank holiday blues in 3 steps

By Francesca Specter
Walk it off – literally

Find work extra hard today? Us too. While a bank holiday can provide a welcome rest, often we get a little too used to the time off, making us feel like we’ve had our holiday cut short come Tuesday. Thankfully, we’ve got a three step plan of action, courtesy of AXA Healthcare, to boost our moods again:

1 Take some ‘me-time’

The lighter evenings offer a great chance to get outdoors and give ourselves some ‘me time’ so that we can set ourselves up to thrive. From playing with the kids, cycling, to digging the garden, the lighter evenings of summer mean we can enjoy these outdoor activities for longer and burn even more calories. Research from AXA PPP healthcare shows that over a third (39 per cent) of Brits put exercise in their top three factors that have the greatest influence on resilience while 11 per cent ranked exercise number one (1). However, according to a study by the British Heart Foundation, nearly half (44 per cent) of Brits don’t do any exercise at all.

2 Self-motivate

The warmer months also make it easier to self-motivate a workout in the great outdoors, so try getting out of the city into the hills and steady inclines of more country terrain, it will not only give you more fresh air but builds a great endurance fitness.

3 Walk

Alternatively if you’re short on time, why not try and fit in a 30 minute walk of an evening. Walking contributes towards your 30 minutes of recommended daily physical activity. What’s more, one of the best things about walking is that you don’t need any special fitness equipment – just a pair of sturdy, comfortable shoes and you’re good to go.

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