Starting a fitness journey can be tough. But exercise and physical fitness has been shown to improve cognitive function, reduce stress, reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers, as well as improving quality of life and prolonging life.
So why do we struggle so much with getting the required amount each day? I often hear my friends say, ‘I don’t have time to exercise’. And, at one point or another in our lives, I think we may all be guilty of using this as an excuse. Work, kids, partners, friends, family, they all take priority right?
Here few tips that helped me to start my journey:
1. Know what you want to achieve
Like anything in life knowing what you are hoping to achieve or working towards a goal will motivate you to stick to a plan. Do you want to lose a few kilos? Do you have a wedding coming up? Do you want to be able to play with your kids?Are you going on a holiday to the beach and want to look fabulous? Or is it for your overall health and wellbeing? Starting out knowing what you want to achieve helps motivate you toward the end-goal. Creating personal milestones and setting reasonable step by step goals and will keep you interested and motivated.
Create a basic schedule for your week and include exercise each day, or every second day, as a ‘me time’ appointment. Where possible try to stick to the same time each day
3.create new ways to fit exercise in
I don’t have time to go to the gym, I can’t afford a personal trainer. These are certainly legitimate ‘excuses’. But exercise doesn’t have to involve spending hours working out! Maximising your incidental exercise can reap huge rewards. Get a fitness tracker, these can help motivate you to hit your step target. Get off the bus or the train 2 stops early & walk down to work, just an extra 5 or 10 minutes out of your day. Go for a stroll at lunchtime, walk the dog an extra block, kick the footy around in the park with your kids.
There is no magic pill!
You need to commit to yourself, even if it’s uncomfortable at first. Start small, start big, just start!!! ignore the people who want to sabotage your efforts. If you want it badly enough you will stick to it