How to get into exercise

How to get into exercise

How to get into exercise

We already know why we should be exercising. Exercise improves your mood, gives you more energy and provides numerous health benefits. Plus, with so many workout plans, videos, classes and running clubs around you would think that couch potatoes would be an endangered species but making exercise a daily routine takes a lot of dedication and motivation.

Do you ever talk yourself out of exercise? Using excuses like I’m too busy or too tired or too unfit to justify not having to peel yourself off the sofa or drag yourself out of bed. Well kiss your favourite exercise dodging excuse goodbye because the SportLyte team are here to help you turn exercise from pain to pleasure with the below ideas.

Start Small
Any exercise is better that no exercise at all, so start off small! Don’t spend hours in the gym if it is not something you enjoy, and you find yourself needing days to recover. It is recommended that adults do 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day. This can even be broken down into two 15-minute or even three 10-minute sessions. Start with an exercise goal you can achieve and once you start to meet it consistently, build on this and increase it gradually. Remember this is a marathon not a sprint so don’t expect too much too soon, this will just lead to demotivation and frustration. Focus on being consistent. Physical changes will show in time.

Get Organised
Be prepared! Choose a weekly class and sign up or pick a set time for your exercise, put it in the calendar and stick to it. This will help you get into a routine. Try not to leave things to the last moment, so find your gym gear the night before and prepare your gym bag for the next day or leave it in your car, so it is always on you. That way you can’t use forgetting your gear to get out of a work out as an excuse.

Keep Track
It’s a good idea to track your activity to ensure your exercise is recorded and to make sure you’re keeping hydrated. Doing this will allow you to look back and see how far your have come and its great motivation!

Perfect Fit
Make sure you create an exercise routine that suits you. If you’re a morning person you could try waking up an hour earlier and fitting your exercise in before work, or if you find yourself with more energy after work go straight to the gym before going home. If you like to learn new skills and find work outs dull try a martial art, but if you just want to switch off and listen to your music go for running instead. Having exercise that fits in with your life will make it easier for it to become routine.

Try Before You Buy
Don’t just follow the latest exercise crazes, ensure you find an activity that you enjoy. If you choose something you dislike the likelihood that you will stick to it is slim. Take the opportunity to try out a variety of activities before you pick the ones you want to stick to. Ask your friends for recommendations, take a look at what classes are going on near you and have a go (the first one is often free), and find things you like to do.

Two Is Company
Don’t worry you’re not alone, there will be at least one of your friends or family who is in a similar situation. Teaming up with them is a great way to keep both of you motivated, because you’re less likely to skip the exercise if you know you’re letting someone else down in the process. Plus, this is a great way to build confidence and some friendly competition if you are both working towards the same goal. If you can’t drag your exercise buddy to the same exercise as you then pair up with them on fitness apps so you can still keep track of each other and compare progress.

Step Up Your Game
Add extra steps into your normal lifestyle. Park your car further away, choose the stairs instead of the lift, where possible walk instead of driving. Another idea could be to move more at work, go and talk to a co-worker instead of emailing or phoning, offer to do the tea-run, go for a walk on your lunchbreak or even go to a toilet further away rather than the one closest to you.

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