- The best way to start is by making a commitment to yourself to start getting healthy. It’s always best to start with a small goal e.g. 30 min walk a few times a week.
By starting simple, staying committed to smaller goals and increasing them slowly you will be more likely to stick to them, feel good about them and create lifelong habits.
- Ask one of your friends or neighbours to become a workout buddy. This will help keep you motivated and accountable to meet them. Plus, you are also helping to keep someone else motivated and healthy too.
- HAVE GOALS: Goals keep you focused. Again make sure you start small, realistic and manageable which will lead to the ultimate goal. Your goals should be written down and should be daily, weekly and monthly goals.
- CONSISTENCY: This is critical to the success of any exercise program. If you don’t stick with it you will never realise the many benefits that come with regular physical activity.
- SKIP THE EXCUSES: Don’t fall into the trap of saying there’s no time to exercise , you need to make time. Sit and calculate how much time you have if you manage your time a little better. Even 15 mins is better than nothing at all and the truth is you don’t have time not to.
- BE REALISTIC: Make sure when you set your goals and think about what you want to achieve that it is realistic and achievable and adjust that to any given day.
- BANISH BOREDOM: Keep your workouts interesting to avoid boredom which leads to lack of motivation. Regularly changing your routine and not letting it go stale is a key factor in continuing on and reaching your goals.
- Train with MOBILE APPS: There’s many apps for your mobile phone such as runkeeper and My Fitness Pal. These apps track your progress and are great motivational tools.
- Favourite SONG MIX: Have an iPod with all your favourite songs on it and fully charged each day to help you look forward to and power through your workouts.
- Use as your time out – Exercise shouldn’t be thought of as a chore it should be thought of as your time out to just zone out and plan, dream and distress. I find when I’m doing my cardio i use it as my brain storming time. Exercise is the best way to distress, ease depression and anxiety.
- It is important for our mind, body and spirit to make sure we also include things such as Yoga and meditation to ensure balance and also relax the mind, destress, and improve our flexibility. I personally recommend an enlightening meditation experience at Energy Current Meditation with Oscar De Sousa and Yoga with John Wilson at Peninsula Yoga which caters for beginners, intermediate and advanced. Both Meditation and Yoga are essential components of a balanced and healthy lifestyle.