Fitness Journey – Exercise & Physical Fitness is necessary!
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?
I urge you to commit to yourself and your health, make a change for the better. Here are some simple tips to making exercise a part of your everyday life.
Simple tips for starting your fitness journey towards a healthier you
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?
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.
2. Share the load
Join a group training session or boot camp. Work with a personal trainer or enlist one of your friends (or your partner) as your workout buddy. Having a commitment with yourself is fine but it’s easy to let things slide when you’re just not feeling it.
Making commitments with friends, family or a paid resource will help you stick with it, lest you let them down or worse, waste your money.
3. Planning ahead
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 so it becomes second nature.
When you know you have other appointments or a weekend filled with adventures, make your me time appointments a little longer each day to compensate.
4. Early bird catches the worm!
Personally I (now) love exercise first thing in the morning. There is a saying in business, ‘Eat the frog first’ (terrible isn’t it?); it simply means is getting the ‘worst’ thing out of the way straight up. If, like me, you sometimes struggle to find the motivation to get moving, exercise in the morning might just work for you! Leaving exercise for later in the day may mean unforeseen things popping up and disrupting your routine.
5. Create smarter 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.
Create your own exercise opportunities. There are 100’s of workout programs available that you can do at home with no ‘gym’ equipment & programs that take 30 min or less.
There is no magic pill to starting your fitness journey.
You need to commit to yourself, even if it’s uncomfortable at first. Start small, start big, just start!!! Read about my fitness journey. Or check out these 10 top ideas for a healthier week, small snippets you can incorporate now into your life.
What are you waiting for?
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