Like it or not, exercise is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle. You can diet down to your ideal weight, but you’ll need to exercise to keep fit and toned…
There’s always going to be too little time, and you probably won’t ever fall in love with the gym, BUT the good news is that once you get into the habit of putting fitness on your priority list, it does get a little easier!
The fact is that we’re all aging, and one of the best ways to combat the effects of aging is to live a healthy, fit, and productive lifestyle. You NEED to build strength and endurance for the years ahead and you MUST exercise as a way to help you shed the kilos and build your strength and tone.
Here are 7 top tips to get you going if you’re a beginner, and you don’t know where to start:
1. Exercise programmes don’t have to start on Mondays
“I know I need to do this. I’m going to get started on Monday morning” – famous last words of the exercise novice. Why?
Because Monday may just be the WORST day to start. Getting up early Monday morning is tough enough without having to exercise for the first time in ages.
Here’s how to decide when to start exercising:
Ask yourself, “what day is it today?” then start the next day (or, even better, in 30 minutes’ time).
2. Set a goal
You’re much more likely to keep exercising in the long run if you are working towards something you want to achieve.
If you just exercise for the sake of it that’s fine, but it’s much easier to skip a workout or three if you’re not working to a deadline. How about “I want to run a sub-60 minute 10K in 12 weeks’ time” or “I want to be able to be able do 20 push ups after practicing for two months”?
Whatever the goal, you need to have one. When you achieve it, you’ll feel amazing and set a new one. Just make sure it’s achievable. Don’t register to do a triathlon in three weeks, for example.