From couch potato to go-getterlehan
Do you love curling up after a long day to binge-watch your favourite TV show? We know the feeling! With wintery weather and the abundance of warm blankets and comfort food it’s no wonder exercise is the last thing on our minds. That is until spring arrives and the summer holidays get tantalizingly closer. By then, the pressure to get fitter and healthier feels less like fun and more like a dreaded New Year’s resolution. So instead of holding out for nicer weather, why not go out there and get a head start today?
We’ve all heard about the benefits of regular exercise, from preventing chronic illnesses like heart disease and diabetes to improving your mood, memory, strength and flexibility. Despite this the thought of signing up for a new gym contract or committing to Pilates three times a week is a daunting prospect. Thankfully there’s a host of experts who agree starting out slowly and making small changes to our everyday habits is a better strategy than entering a marathon and hoping for the best.
Because the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, we’ve rounded up some of the best ways to find and keep your exercise mojo…
- Get by with a little help from your friends
Find a buddy who already exercises regularly and join them for a workout or two. They’ll be able to offer advice on everything from training tips to how avoid injury. Or find a friend who’s also just getting started. You’ll be able to motivate each other to keep going – especially on the days you’d rather sleep stay in bed for that extra hour.
- Treat yourself to some gorgeous new gear
The old saying of fake it till you make it definitely applies here! Instead of donning that ancient tracksuit spoil yourself with some colourful fitted tees and leggings. Looking the part will make feeling the part that little bit easier.
- Take advantage of tech
Transform your smartphone into your very own personal coach by picking any one of the many amazing health and fitness apps on offer. You’ll be able to keep track of workouts and personal goals all while getting motivational reminders to keep at it. You could also treat yourself to a nifty new fitness watch like Fitbit, Garmin or Polar where you’ll get tons of helpful info on your heartrate and how many calories you’ve burned after each workout.
- Write it out
There’s no doubt that heading out for a morning jog will sometimes feel about as fun as having root canal. To keep motivated write down how you feel after every workout and glance back at it whenever you’re feeling low on motivation. Chances are you’ll find glowing statements about how fabulous and energised you felt that heading out to do it all again won’t feel like a chore.
- Remember why you started
Whether it was to fit into those jeans you’ve been eyeing, run around the block without losing your breath, or just to prove you could. Go back to the reason you started… And then think about how far you’ve already come!