Decided to embark on a new fitness regime? Good on you! The hardest thing with a new fitness regime is committing to it and sticking with it over the long-term. The first few days you’re excited, you’re keen, you’re making an effort…but then things can easily get in the way – work, social life, feeling under the weather.
How can you give yourself the best chance of sticking with your fitness regime? We’re going to keep it simple and give you our three top tips:
- Make it realistic – the temptation when thinking about changing your lifestyle and fitness regime is to set unrealistic goals e.g. that you’ll work out every day when you haven’t done any exercise in a while. If you’re setting a new regime for yourself, don’t go too hard too quickly – try with setting an achievable goal initially and build your way up. Or if you’re not a morning person, then working out in the morning may not be the best idea – that alarm clock snooze button is way too easy to press when you’re half asleep!
- Make it fun – there’s no point in doing exercise that you don’t enjoy and it doesn’t make you feel good – if you don’t want to do it, you won’t! So find the exercise that works for you – if you haven’t done exercise in a while, why not start with a 20 minute walk three times a week and blast out some fab music to listen to while you’re walking? Or if you need to mix up your routine, why not try some new classes at the gym? Dance classes are often a fun way to get some great exercise without feeling too much like you’re working out! Getting a friend onboard to go with you is a great way to help you stick to your routine.
- Fake it until you make it – there will be times when you really, really don’t feel like working out and the temptation is to skip that class or walk/run you had planned to do. You have to listen to your body and not push yourself if you’re really not feeling it, but our tip is to still do something. So go for a walk, do some squats, push ups – whatever it is, try and least do 15 minutes of something to get your heart rate going – we guarantee you will feel better!