A lot of us fantasise about having a beach-ready body and getting admiring glances from other gym goers for our dedication and enthusiasm – but reality is often quite far removed from these indulgent thoughts.
When you’re a parent, full-time worker, dog owner, TV enthusiast or all of the above, exercise is often the last thing on your mind.
However, I don’t need to go into how important exercise is to our overall health and well-being. That’s why I’ve put together these top tips that are useful when trying to incorporate exercise into your day-to-day life:
1. Make it fun
One massive downside to exercising is the lack of enjoyment you might get from it, which makes it easy to forgo the class you’ve booked yourself on or the gym session you’ve arranged with your best friend.
That’s why you need to find something that you enjoy doing – something that passes by quickly and you look forward to each day.
But how can exercise be fun, I hear you say?
Well, I’m pretty sure there’s something for everyone if you look around. From yoga DVDs you can do in the privacy of your own home to dance classes that will have you laughing the night away with your partner or friend, there are so many different variations of exercise.
So try a few different types and once you find something you love – stick to it.
2. Buy the right equipment
There’s no point splashing out on hundreds of pounds worth of gym gear, equipment and DVDs if you’re not going to enjoy doing your exercises.
However, once you have found the perfect fitness regime for you, invest some money into getting the right gear.
Because this will make you feel more ‘professional’ and is more likely to encourage you to push forwards with your fitness. For example, if running is your new thing, invest in a decent pair of trainers (and don’t forget to check out Caterpy Laces which are cool active laces that require no bows!), some fluorescent running gear and some new tunes for your phone.
3. Make time for you (and exercise)
The hardest part about exercising is finding time to do it – I know. But if you can look ahead at your schedule and plan when you’ll be able to commit, you’ll soon find yourself working things around your exercise sessions.
Try to allocate slots of 30-50 minutes, allowing for at least 15-20 minutes of exercises and getting changed before/after too.
Once done, write down what you’re going to do when, setting daily reminders on your phone. That way, if you try to cancel you’ll feel guilty because it’s written in black and white in your diary.
Essentially, there’s no magic button you can press to find extra time exercise, but by making it a priority in your life, you’ll soon wonder what you did with your time beforehand.
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