Well we all know the benefits of exercise. Don’t we? Everyone knows that some physical activity everyday will do a lot of good to you. In fact it’s not all that difficult to even start a fitness routine. After all, most of us have done it at least once in our lives. However, lot of people who are starting out find it hard to keep up with an exercise program after sometime due to various distractions going on in our lives.
It’s a daily battle to get to the gym and mostly you are fighting a losing battle. It’s only a question of time before you throw in the towel and go back to your sedentary lifestyle.
Sounds like your story. Yeah that’s normal and happens to a lot of folks. How many New Year resolutions have we broken to be more active et all?J
The trick is to get to a point where you look at exercise as essential to your well-being like brushing your teeth or your morning shower
My advice to those starting out is to set realistic goals and not commit to something too challenging. So it’s better to find an activity that you like and feel motivated to do on a regular basis.
For example if you are 30 plus and have never been to a gym in your life then in all probability you will find it extremely hard to find the drive to go to the gym after a couple of months of initial excitement and enthusiasm.
If gyming is not your thing then just try 20 minute short walks daily. You don’t need any equipment or a gym memberships for this. Just decide a time you intend to take your daily walks and then stick to it. If you can find a friend or a family member to accompany you that may help you to keep going and lesser chances of pulling out.
So choose your activity of choice whether it’s simply walking, jogging, swimming, cycling, yoga, or any other outdoor activities.
Set realistic goals and take small steps to fit more movement into your daily life, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator and walking to the local grocery store instead of driving. If there is a place you can walk up to instead of drive to choose to walk. These are the smaller choices that you make that can make a huge difference to your lifestyle.
Buy a pedometer, or an exercise band like Fitbit and start tracking your activity or steps. This will help you monitor your activities and gradually you can scale up as you go along.
Another important thing. Do not be hung up on the “Losing Weight, Getting Slim Syndrome”. A lot of folks lose the battle very early on when they see little or no results after few weeks of exercise. Why aren’t these tires not going away, well they didn’t come in a week so they won’t be going away that fast. J Hang in there for a bit and results will follow soon.
If you exercise regularly and complement it with a healthy diet, you will lose weight but don’t make it your sole measure of success. As you get fitter, you’ll gain muscle and become more toned – muscle weighs more than fat, so that will slow weight loss.
You need to measure other factors, such as how fast you can walk or run a kilometre or how long it takes you to swim a lap at the pool. This is a better indicator and shows you that you’re getting fitter and healthier. Focus more on being fit than losing weight.
Then there is something called life that will every now and then get in the way of exercise. Work, Family, kids, holidays, illness are all waiting to scuttle your plans and then it’s just an excuse to give up. If you miss a gym session because you had to work late, try to do 10 minutes of resistance exercises in the living room when you get home or have a longer workout session the next day to compensate for the loss.
Nothing comes easy, from exercising to following a healthy diet, it’s not going to happen overnight. Keep at it by diligently following through with the small changes in your daily lifestyle and you will get there in the end.