New Year’s Resolution #1 Exercise More.
Congratulations, we have something in common!
You’ve realised how important exercise is, how it can help cure diseases like heart disease and can even help to prevent or recover from some forms of cancer. Exercise is a definite yes for people suffering from arthritis too, and we don’t need to tell you how important it is for people coping with depression. And of course, the main reason why people exercise – to lose weight and tone up!
So that’s the decision made. But how do you actually get started?
Especially after spending Christmas on the sofa doing nothing but eating, drinking and snoozing. Here are some fab tips to kick start your new regime without too much pain and effort.
- ANY PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IS GOOD – you don’t need to spend a fortune on gym membership or equipment. So, walk, dance, clean your house more rigorously, walk or swim. The most important thing is to do it regularly, turn it into a habit and do it for at least 30minutes a time. Try to aim for at least once a day. The experts say that even if you do 5 or 10 minutes of movement, this is better than nothing and once it becomes a routine, you will still see the benefits
- START LOW AND GO SLOW! We know you’re brimming with enthusiasm and want to get stuck in, but statistics show that those who start too hard and fast, don’t maintain the rate and ultimately give up quicker. Aim to gently ease your tired body into exercise. You want to develop a new sustainable exercise habit over a period of time which you’ll continue for a lifetime, not barely for the rest of January!
- GET FAMILY AND FRIENDS INVOLVED! Jog your kids to school – they love a race! Hit the park with them after school and race around it with them! Sign up for a charity 10k – there’s nothing like a bit of public pressure to keep you going! Find a friend to go to the gym with, or walk with for an hour. Get your neighbours to show you how to garden! Tell your friends what you want to achieve and they will no doubt help to motivate you and come up with the best ideas, tips which helped them make the change!Good luck! 🙂
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