Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Exercise Tips - Don't Wait Until After Christmas

Exercise Tips - Don't Wait Until After ChristmasEvery one thinks that they should try and lose weight and exercise after Christmas and the New Year - I disagree, start now and you'll have less of a mountain to climb next year. Let's face it, most of us have been putting off the exercise at this time of year. Getting into an exercise habit is something that should happen all the time not just once of twice a year after great indulgence of food during celebration times.

There are many forms of exercise, it is a case of choosing the type that is for you. It could be walking, jogging, cycling, gym work, swimming, dancing, team sports, football, netball etc. Whatever you feel would suit you.

Exercise Tips - Don't Wait Until After ChristmasIf you are 'getting on' a bit, i.e. 50 years or over, it is vital you get a medical check before taking up exercise. The same applies if you haven't exercised for ages, better to be safe than sorry.

It can be hard to get started again so I have given some tips to get back into the habit that should lead to a healthy extended lifetime.

  • The best way to keep things going is simply not to stop. Don't have long breaks in exercising or rebuilding the habit will take some effort. Try not to give up at the first sign of trouble.
  • Make a commitment to exercise every day even if it is only a brisk walk for just for 20 minutes. Make this a daily point to cover a month. This will give you a good start of the exercise habit.
  • If you don’t enjoy the exercise you're doing i.e. at the gym, it is going to be very hard to keep it a habit. there are many other way to exercise, so don’t give up, just try something different.
  • Don’t exercise during times where it can easily be pushed aside. Right after work or first thing in the morning are the best times. Lunchtime you may be tempted to miss it if work demands start mounting up.
  • Take a friend to join you, it will boost your commitment to the exercise habit.
  • You can worry about your weight, amount of laps you run or the amount you can bench press later, just get started.
  • Your workout routines should be in a strict, as if your workout times are completely random it will be harder to benefit and see the improvements you are making.
  • Use a calender and mark off the days you have exercised, i9t is a very good motivator.
  • Exercise can be a great way to relieve stress, it releasing endorphin which will improve your mood. Feeling stressed or tired? Try doing an exercise during these moments.
  • Record your exercise, this will encourage you when you see improvements on paper.
  • Trying to run 10 miles miles your first session isn’t a good way to build a habit. Start of with 1 mile mixing walking and jogging and build it from there.
  • Exercise Tips - Don't Wait Until After ChristmasExercise for yourself, not to impress the onlookers, you will overdo it otherwise.

With all this in place, you will reap the benefits and have a head start for the New Year, you'll probably enjoy the festivities more with less worry about calories being put on as you already have worked some off.


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