Being active doesn’t just make you feel good, it is good for you. The list of benefits is long and sweeping as almost on a daily basis, scientists identify new health perks of regular physical activity.
To make exercise part of your routine you need to prioritise and commit.
Start small: Think about your current fitness level and start with something achievable, but slightly challenging.
Aim to be active for 20 to 30 minutes per day. If you want to do more, gradually increase the duration.
Make it a non-negotiable: Rather than viewing exercise as a ‘nice to have’, treat it like any other element of your daily routine.
Like having a shower, eating breakfast and going to work – you don’t really think about it, you just do it.
Set a goal: Having an exercise goal to work towards, such as a fun run, gives your training focus. Plus, you’ll enjoy a real buzz crossing the finish line of an event you’ve dedicated time working towards.
Find a buddy: Having a friend to meet regularly and train alongside keeps you accountable, provides a social aspect to your activity and means you can motivate and support each other on tougher days.
It’s too cold: There’s no such thing as bad weather if you’re prepared for it. Cooler weather actually provides the best conditions for exercise. You only get cold if you’re standing still.
It’s too hot: In really hot conditions think about taking your activity indoors, or choose to get your exercise via a refreshing swim.
By Claire Burke