by Angela Reed-Fox
Why’s it so hard to get started with exercise?
If you find your good intentions disappear before the results arrive, you’re normal! Having said that, there’s usually an easier way to do things.
We often find it difficult to put time aside for fitness because as adults we’re often putting the needs of others before our own (children, anyone?!) It’s also difficult to make time for things that we know are good for us but require building a habit in order to see results.
If you’re looking to make some changes, these tips may help:
Remember that the first step is the hardest
When you start seeing results it’s a lot easier to stay motivated. Therefore, let’s make it easy. Once you’ve decided to get active – make a note of where you are right now. What daily activity makes you short of breath? Perhaps it’s a specific number of stairs, or a particular task. Make a note of your waist circumference, or a particular garment that you’d like to wear again. Doesn’t matter what the current numbers are – it’s having a starting point that matters. How else will you know how far you’ve come if you don’t know where you were?!
Remember why you want it
There are huge benefits (outside of weight loss and all it brings) to be had from even slightly improving your fitness:
Any start is a good start
Training for a marathon just might not be you. (It certainly isn't me!) Think about what's going to work for you now rather than what you think you "should" be doing. An hour of exercise is quite a lot if you're not used to it – but if you did two sessions of 30 minutes per week, then you'd start seeing results fast. Fitness isn't just for fitties!
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