Exercising and being active has so many benefits for your health. Positive changes you’ll see include reducing stress and increasing energy, not to mention helping to achieve a longer life expectancy.
Despite these amazing benefits, however, finding the time to exercise and the motivation to stick with it is hard. Trying something new can be daunting, especially if it’s been a long time since you set foot in a gym.
Give yourself the best chance of sticking with it for the long haul by aiming for consistency with a workout style that suits you – and always consult your doctor before starting any new exercise routine.
- Sometimes it pays to start slow
What exercise do you do right now? If none then it might pay to start slower. Be realistic and don’t try to overdo it all at once. If you’ve done any exercise or sports that you’ve enjoyed in the past, then it definitely helps to start there.
- Look at your goals and your personality
If you want to achieve strength, flexibility, or fat loss, then it makes sense to pick a form of exercise that works on those goals but don’t ignore the impact of personality: If you’re a social butterfly, then choose group classes as you won’t last long lifting weights on your own.
- Work with your routine, not against it
Where do you want to work out, at home or in a gym? – Look at your daily routine and commitments as whatever you choose has to work around that for it to be sustainable. It’s better to choose something that can slot into your life relatively easily, so think twice before signing up for that 5 am boot camp if you love your lie-ins.
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Pastel Alarm Clock
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