At the start of the year we tend to make some promises to ourselves – lose weight, exercise more, eat better and so on. We seem so motivated in January, but by the time July comes around we often tend to have lost that enthusiasm to keep the healthy habit alive – until next year. Why does that happen?
When it comes to exercise, we know there are great benefits from exercising at least 150 minutes per week, but why is that knowledge alone not enough to keep us on track. Typically, there are two main reasons as to why healthy habits stop, either our body fails us through injury or sickness, or our motivation diminishes. Here are some tips to consider when starting (or restarting!) your exercise routine.
Looking After The Body
- Address existing niggles: Before you start a new regime, it is worth your while to make an appointment at Gymea Allied Health Centre and get any existing injuries resolved and to strengthen any areas of weakness.
- Start slow: Try to control the initial urge to come out all guns blazing! Look to progressively increase the intensity, duration and frequency of your exercise.
- Get professional advice: Find an exercise physiologist, personal trainer or coach to help you create the right program and monitor your technique.
- Recovery: The body needs time, sleep and the right nutrition to adapt to the increased demands you are putting on it.
Keeping The Motivation Alive
- Keep it social: Phone a friend or grab a neighbour and exercise together, you can keep each other accountable. Even if you don’t particularly feel like exercising – you won’t want to let your friends down!
- Spice it up! Doing the same thing every session is going to get dull. Try new activities, challenge yourself and see what you are capable of.
- Go to your happy place: If you hate gyms – don’t get a gym membership. If swimming in a pool is boring – then get to the beach. We live in a country where we have so many options of locations and ways to exercise that there is no reason to be somewhere you don’t like.
- Prioritise your time – There will always be something else that needs to be done. Look after yourself and your healthy habits by keeping organised and allocating the time in your week to exercise.
Now it’s time to put that motivation into practice and keep active. The team at Gymea Allied Health Centre will be there to support you along the way!