We all know that we need to exercise regularly in order to be fit and healthy, but knowing this and putting the ideas we have about it into action are two entirely different things. This is because the idea of exercising can be extremely daunting for those who have never really done any before.
There are so many questions: will it be too difficult? Will I hurt myself? What kind of sport or class should I choose? Would joining a gym be a good idea? We’ve put together some answers to these questions and more so that you can understand how to exercise successfully, and make the most of your body and your health.
If you rush into a new exercise regime and put your full force and strength into it, you may have a problem – you could indeed injure yourself, or you might find that you are unable to keep up the momentum which means you choose to stop altogether. Whatever you choose to do, whether it be swimming, cycling, running, dancing, going to the gym, playing sports, or any other kind of exercise, you will need to start slowly and build up to more.
If you start by doing just a little exercise, you will start to see results, but you will also find it easier to do. This way, you will be more motivated to continue, and build up to doing more each week or month. Have a goal sheet so that you know what you are hoping to be able to achieve by a certain date, but don’t berate yourself if you don’t meet those goals; the exercise itself is a great thing to do, and it is important that you continue with it to gain the most benefit.
By dressing for success in your exercising you can achieve a lot more. There is a certain mindset that wearing jogging pants and a t-shirt used only for the gym, for example, can give you-you know that when you wear this ‘uniform’ you are going to work out, you are going to work hard, and you are going to help yourself become fitter and healthier. Getting into the right mindset is all part of exercising successfully and will help you to be motivated throughout, even if progress seems slow.
Not only will wearing the right clothes help you to think more positively, but it will also help you physically. Wearing the correct shoes, for example, that fit properly and allow your feet to breathe yet still be comfortable, as well as wearing loose-fitting appropriate clothing not just for the activity you are doing but also for the weather you might experience, means that you can move freely and exercise without feeling any discomfort.
The Same Time
Not only do you need to make time for your exercising, but it’s also important to incorporate it into your daily routine so that it is easier to do and you are less likely to find a reason to skip it. It could be that you use part of your lunch break to walk, and you do this every weekday.
Or perhaps you take a little time before breakfast to go for a swim to start your day. Whatever you choose it is important that you can sustain it because the more it becomes part of your daily or weekly routine, the easier it will all be and the more results you will be able to see.
When you are working out what you should be doing in terms of exercising, be realistic. You know what you can and can’t do, and you know – or should know – what your doctor has recommended. Putting these things together means that you can do what is right for you, and what will work.
Doing too much will possibly cause injury or sickness (especially if you already have a condition such as heart disease, for example), and doing too little won’t get you the results you are hoping for – both will make you lose motivation. Being realistic means getting things just right and this will make a big difference.
Remember that it’s okay to take a little time out. If you need to rest, then listen to your body. Take the time to relax, to read a book, paint a picture, browse Vape In The Box online, and when you are doing this lookout for other ways to exercise during the day such as taking the stairs rather than the elevator, or parking farther away from the entrance so that you have to walk further. This can take the place of more formal exercising when you need a bit of a break.
The main reason why many people don’t exercise is time. They tell themselves that they just don’t have the time to do it because they are so busy at work, or looking after children, or doing other activities – or all of these things combined. However, exercising doesn’t have to take a lot of time.
It’s true that you can spend an hour or more in the gym, or an hour at a specific class, plus the time to get to the location and back home again, and this will add up to a lot of time, but if you don’t have the time to do this, don’t give up on the idea of exercising.
You can, in fact, exercise in just 10 minutes a day, simply by going for a brisk walk around the block. Finding 10 minutes is much easier than finding two or three hours, and it is a great way to start your exercising journey. As time goes on, you might want to do more, and that is a good idea; when you enjoy your exercising, you will find it easier to make time for it – watching less TV or getting out of bed earlier are two easy ways to add more time to your day for exercise.