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Its men’s health week – how about a garden gym?
June is designated Men’s Health Month and this week, as we lead up to Father’s Day this coming Sunday, marks the campaign’s peak with Men’s Health Week. The primary objective of the week and month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Whilst the Garden Escape wholeheartedly support the campaign, regular readers will know that we believe in a holistic approach to health and are sure we are not alone in believing in prevention rather than cure.
As the country, indeed most of the Western world, hurtles towards an obesity epidemic (and all of the associated health problems such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and several forms of cancer) there has never been such an important time for us all to address the issue of our health. It would be lovely if there were a magic pill that we could all take to make us fit and healthy but, as we all know, there isn’t!
One of the single biggest contributors to our health and well-being (both physically and mentally) is our level of physical activity. Regular exercise strengthens our heart and lungs; assists with weight management and dramatically reduces the risk of many chronic diseases. And, although the very thought of it may fill us with dread, a good workout lifts our mood and makes us feel good.
However, despite all the good reasons for adopting a regular exercise habit, there are at least as many excuses for not doing so. Amongst the most common mitigating circumstances espoused by the exercise averse are: lack of time; feeling too tired or too old and a hatred of public gyms. In no particular order, let’s deal with them.
Firstly, you are never too old to try something new. As for being too tired, exercise will help to fix that: it will boost your energy levels; alleviate your stress and assist with a better night’s sleep. Time is undoubtedly a tricky one to manage, with so many people leading incredibly busy and demanding work and family lives. However, if you’ve got the time to watch TV or browse the net for an hour or so each evening, then you really do have time…it’s just a question of making sure that exercise doesn’t take up too much of it. Apropos hating public gyms, who can blame you?! They are home to the smug and slender; they definitely take up too much time being got to and from and they’re full of big mirrors.
One solution, enjoyed by several Garden Escape clients, is to build your very own, private gym in the back garden. Never more than a few moments stroll from the house; not a skinny gym bunny in sight (aside from your own good self a few months down the line) and no mirrors. Just a fantastic view of your garden or, if preferred, a great big TV. Have a quick look at what one of our customers has to say about their gym and then take a look at you and your family’s activity levels: maybe it’s time for a change?
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