Exercise, the good thing about exercise is that you don’t have to get to medal standards or win silver cups. It’s not about being picked for teams or to run marathons. You don’t have to be good at it but just actually get your butt out there and do something. A lot of people turn to exercise secondly preferring to just diet. The reason being that exercise actually means you have to move and take action. A diet is avoiding the need to move and do something. It has been proved that those who exercise win at body success in the long run because.
- Exercisers have leaner bodies than those who only diet as muscle takes up a third of the space of fat.
- Have more self esteem and confidence because their bodies feel stronger.
- Keep weight off longer than dieting alone.
- Feel more positive.
- Feel great in general as exercise releases feel-good endorphins.
- Are healthier as on average the risk of having a heart attack is reduced by about a third in people who exercise.
So how do you transform form coach potato to exerciser?
Find your motivation – the real key to successful exercising is to find a sport or activity that suits you and inspires you. It doesn’t just have to be running on a tred mill in a gym. Do you want to learn to run, dance, try martial arts, yoga or swim? Â All of those are exercise but in different forms.
Make it a habit – studies have shown that it takes three to four weeks to create a habit. That’s only a month. Pick three days a week and every week at the same time on those days do your exercise of choice. Just for a whole month don’t budge on it and get the habit.
When the going gets tough, just keep going. – Life doest always run smoothly and there might be set backs when you’re unwell, injured or have work commitments. But it is essential to get back into your exercise as soon as you can. Keep reminding yourself of your goal; rope in friends for some support on the tough days. Pay for classes in advance, which alone can motivate you to keep going.
Make activity part of your life – you should see exercise as part of your life for life, not something you’re doing to get a life. Exercise can be enjoyed and not just a vision of sweat. Walk across the office instead of emailing, walk those stairs instead of getting the lift. Borrow a dog or just take yourself for a walk and enjoy the views.
Most importantly – get out there and do something.