This year we are starting as we mean to go on. We’ve eaten the kale, juiced the celery and now
it’s time to get moving. And as much as I am struggling also to peel myself off the couch and
finish off the last of the Quality Street (seriously why is it always the toffee ones left?) I know
that I need to get back into a routine.
So how do we get back into it?
Well, the key is to at least begin. And begin slow. Start slow and
steady; even if you can put in 15 minutes of exercise daily or 30 minutes of exercise thrice a
week, it’s okay. It’s a start, and it’s better than ending up not doing anything at all till the next
New Year celebration, all the while feeling sad about not being able to keep your resolution.
Look at your goal.
Want to run a set amount of miles?
Breaking this larger goal down would
mean you should plan on running a set amount each day before work if you work Monday-
Friday. But also consider what happens if you get an injury – do you have down time built into
your plan? You should also plan breaks to prevent overtraining. Think about this realistically.
Also try and build it into your routine! Instead of taking time out of your schedule to exercise,
why not burn some calories while you’re going about your day!
Start with taking the stairs
instead of the lift at work or out and about. And you don’t have to climb all the way up to the
1000th floor; climb as many floors as you can and use the lift for the rest.
Something that helped me a lot was standing during the day. I don’t know about you but I get
cramps a lot in my calves, so standing instead of being sedentary during the day helps a bunch.
Consider having a standing desk in your home office or at your workplace, walk around when
you’re on audio calls, and the like.
Above all, having accountability helps too. Having someone to confide in about your fitness
journey helps. Get your friends to keep pushing you towards your goals. Better yet, persuade
them to get started on fitness with you! A walk, jog or run is much better with your bestie when
you can put the world to rights in the process!
And if you don’t like running?
The best exercise is the one you enjoy the most. This is because
you’re much more likely to keep doing exercise you enjoy over activities you find yourself
dreading. And the good news is, research shows that it doesn’t seem to matter what type of
exercise you do when it comes to health and longevity – as long as you’re exercising you’ll see
benefits. Resistance training, aerobics, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and even yoga may
all move your body in different ways, but have positive outcomes in terms of health and
longevity – especially when combined together.
Let’s do this together – see you on the other side!
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By Mollie netwomen ambassador