If you’re new to exercise or you’ve had some time off for one reason or another (life can get in the way sometimes, can’t it?), the idea of putting on your workout gear and getting your heart rate up can be a little daunting, to say the least!
But it doesn’t have to be. At the end of the day, exercise is movement and our bodies were made to move – so we thought we’d give you a few tips to ease your way into exercise…
Tip #1: set a health and fitness goal
Having a fitness goal can give purpose to your training, gives you something to aim towards and be your motivation to get to the gym or complete your at home workout. A goal can also keep you on track and structure your workouts with an outcome in mind.
So let’s set your health and fitness goal – our rules are, it needs to be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timely.
Specific: if you’d like to be able to run, how far would you like to run? Is there a race you’d like to complete? Or if your goal is weight loss related, how much weight would you like to lose, or is there a dress size you’d like to aim towards?
Measurable: let’s look at where you’re at now so we can track your progress along the way. For example, using running as a goal, how far can you run now? How long does it take you and what speed are you running at?
Achievable: if a goal is unrealistic or unachievable, you’ll be setting yourself up for a failure and we don’t want that. Make sure you’re setting a goal that you can reach – a 5km run is a lot easier to achieve than a marathon!
Relevant: let’s make sure your goal is relevant to you and where you’re at in your life right now. A goal that someone else wants you to achieve isn’t going to be very motivating! If you’re not concerned with weight loss right now or it’s not the right time in your life to focus on that, then chose something that motivates you instead.
Timely: having a time frame to complete your goal in gives you a bit of a kick up the bum to get there and allows you to set mini goals along the way to achieve to keep you on track.
Watch this space for later in the week for part two and more tips to ease your way into exercise.