Lavina Mehta MBE

TV & Radio’s Award Winning
Personal Trainer & Wellness Coach
“Inspiration in Health & Fitness 2020”

FEEL GOOD on National Fitness Day

Happy National Fitness Day! 
Physical inactivity has been listed as a leading cause of preventable diseases and conditions such as type-2 diabetes, some cancers and osteoporosis. 
 
In the UK, we are facing a physical inactivity crisis, with evidence from ukactive showing that the average adult spends more time on the toilet every week than exercising and eight times longer watching on-demand TV than exercising! 
 
A study by the World Health Organisation last year revealed that the UK is ranked 123rd out of 168 nations for physical inactivity. 
 
That’s why National Fitness Day is so important – to spark a national conversation about all of the benefits of physical activity, both to the individual and to society as a whole. 
Because being more active is not only proven to improve our physical health, it also has an incredible effect on our mental health, our confidence and development, our social connections and our communities. 
 
Of course, National Fitness Day isn’t really just about one day, it’s about committing to change your routine for a lifetime of benefit. 
 
I think it’s really important for both young people and adults to have a healthy relationship with sport and fitness. 
 
Many of us find it difficult to fit regular exercise into our busy lives and National Fitness Day is a chance to rethink our routines and take simple steps to a more active, healthier lifestyle. 
 
I’d encourage you to do some exercise you enjoy today or try out something new – and see how you can incorporate that regularly into your routine. I know I will be boxing today as I love it! Boxing is not only a fun way for me to raise my heart rate and get some cardio in, but it’s great for increasing physical strength & an amazing stress reducer. 
 
Runners experience the phenomenon of a ‘runner’s high’, and boxing is no different. When working out on the punching bag, your brain increases the production of endorphins, the neurotransmitters that create “feel-good” thoughts. Punching helps to relieve muscle tension that can collect when you experience stress. As you continue to punch, you will find your focus is improved, increasing your concentration and helping you forget the reasons why you are stressed. 
I’d encourage you to do some exercise you enjoy today or try out something new, and see how you can regularly incorporate that into your routine.  Many of us find it difficult to fit regular exercise into our busy lives & National Fitness Day is a chance to rethink our routines and take simple steps to a more active, heathier lifestyle.  Ofcourse its not just about one day, its about committing to change your routine for a lifetime of benefit. 

A study by the World Health Organisation last year revealed that the UK is ranked 123rd out of 168 nations for physical inactivity.  In the UK we are facing a National inactivity crisis, with evidence from ukactive showing that the average adult spends more time on the toilet every week than exercising and eight times longer watching on demand TV than exercising.  

Physical Inactivity has been listed as a leading cause of preventable diseases and conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, cardio vascular disease, some cancers and osteoporosis. 

National Fitness Day is important as it sparks a national conversation about all the benefits of physical activity, both to the individual and to society as a whole.  Because being more active is not only proven to improve our physical health, it also has an incredible effect on our mental health, our confidence and development, our social connections and communities. 
Whatever form of exercises you choose to fit your lifestyle , its important to enjoy yourself & I guarantee it will make you feel good after!