Personal Trainers and Health Coaches Renee Norman and Jenna Smith from Real Health NZ share their advice on starting up a realistic exercise regime.
Congratulations. If you’re reading this, then chances are you’re motivated to get that beautiful body of yours moving and to feel less stressed.
In today’s demanding world, stress is the norm, and more people are living in the ‘stressed zone’.
We all know it affects everything in our lives, from our energy to our sleep, and we don’t give the best of ourselves to our family, friends or work. The good news is that starting any form of exercise regime is a massive stress buster. The better news is it doesn’t have to require long runs or hours at the gym to reap
Whether you’re just starting (never exercised before) or starting again (we’ve all been there) here are our top three tips to kick-start your new exercise regime.
TIP #1: Ditch the all
or nothing attitude
Exercise doesn’t need to be time consuming or complicated, nor does it require the latest gear or an expensive gym membership. There are just as many benefits in hitting the pavement, the local park or even your living room.
Time and time again we set ourselves up for failure by jumping into challenging programmes. We’re all busy with five-page to-do lists, so set realistic goals to begin with and embrace the ‘something is better than nothing’ approach.
Commit to a few walks a week and take up incidental exercise, like opting for the stairs over the lift. The more you’re able to experience success, the more momentum you’ll gain. Then slowly move the benchmark out.
TIP #2: Get your
If you’re keen to build exercise into your life, one of the first things you need to do is get your head in the game. It’s essential to develop a positive mindset around exercise because it’s easy to put in the too-hard basket, especially in the early days.
Rather than thinking about exercise as a chore, focus on the satisfaction you’ll feel at the end of each walk or workout. Remember that everyone has to start somewhere and don’t be discouraged if you feel sore, have a rest, or go at a slow pace. As long as you are moving, you are doing great.
TIP #3: Know your ‘why’
Starting an exercise regime is easy. Sticking to it is a different ball game. That’s why we believe your ‘why’ is the key to long-term success. When we have a ‘why’, it’s much easier to stay motivated and committed to exercise. Your ‘why’ will keep you coming back.
It might be that you want to have more energy, lose weight, reduce stress, or
be a better role model for your family. Write it down somewhere and read it when self-doubt or excuses surface. Remember, there is no wrong ‘why’.
It just needs to have meaning.