“Fitness can be fun” is a new series of articles dedicated to helping YOU learn how to exercise for weight loss without getting bored. We’ll explore multiple modes of exercise, discuss their strengths and weaknesses, and learn how to make exercise into something you can enjoy, so that you keep it up for the long-haul.

 

Get with a programme

Exercise. It’s a necessary ‘evil’. If you want to live a long, healthy, and active life, you’ve GOT to exercise. It’s a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle.

Most people think exercise is boring, tiring, and tough and they try to avoid it at all costs – even though they know it’s actually good for them.

Well, I’ve got news for you. The ONLY way to be truly healthy (unless you do a job that is manual-labour based) is to exercise 5 days per week. And when I say exercise, I mean the tough kind, not a walk around the block.

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You see, our bodies are designed for work – physical work – and that’s the one thing we don’t do anymore in a world driven by technology. In the past, we’d be doing manual chores (laundry, cleaning the house, farming, building etc…) on a daily basis. But these days most of us sit behind a desk all day, staring at a computer screen.

So we need to add exercise to our routines. Our bodies NEED to do physical work in order to keep us fit, strong and vital into older age. Without exercise, we tend to get weaker and weaker, and fatter and fatter. We eventually die from diseases related to weakness, frailty and unhealthy bodyweight.

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Where to begin?

So you need to exercise, and if you aren’t then I’m going to encourage you to start with ANYTHING that’s tough.

Most of us don’t have the motivation to do this alone in the beginning. That’s why I always encourage my clients to team up with a personal trainer. If that’s out of your budget, join a gym and attend their regular classes. The group environment will help motivate you as you’ll form a camaraderie with the regulars, and it makes the exercise more fun.

If you can’t add gym fees to your budget, there are thousands of free online programmes which you can follow. There are also loads of fitness apps for almost every kind of exercise – from pilates to weight training. Pick one and get going. You HAVE to start somewhere.

Whether that means jogging, running, cycling, swimming, lifting weights, or doing aerobics – just get with ANY programme that appeals to you, and start doing it 5 days per week, for 30 minutes per time.

Once you’ve gotten started, we’ll start making it fun. For now, just do it.

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