Exercising your way

Exercising your way

Every one of us in different, and what works for one doesn’t always work for another. There are a million different forms of exercise out there, and as many ways of going about them, so decide which suit you and go for it!

Remember that you don’t have to spend lots of money on gym memberships or fancy clothes. The correct footwear is key and it’s always a good idea to you should talk to your GP before starting any exercise programme, but then it’s all about finding the right exercise for you. Don’t be put off by others doing activities that you don’t enjoy – just spend a little time working out what you do. 

If you have a competitive streak...

Why not join a team? A team sport like football, netball and hockey are great for those of us who love to compete. And the social aspect of team sports will encourage you to go back week after week. Research suggests that people who exercise with a friend or in a group are more likely to stick to it. 

If you crave the outdoors...

Find your local park and try walking, running, cycling and strength exercises. Exercising outdoors is beneficial for both your body and mind, and will give you a healthy dose of Vitamin D in summer months. 

Check out Park Run – they take place all across the country at no cost, and are a great way to meet like-minded people.

Are you a morning person, or more of a night owl?

If you’re a morning person, a great way to get exercise out of the way is to get up half an hour earlier and go for a run in the park or round the block or do an exercise video before work.

If you’re more of a night owl, schedule your workouts for later in the day. There’s no point in trying to do an early morning workout as it’s likely you won’t stick to it! 

If you struggle to get motivated

Try a class. The routine of booking a class in and putting it in your diary will really help you stick to it. 

Also try working out with a friend - booking it in for the same time every week will make you more likely to stick to it as you won’t want to let your friend down.

If you have a busy, unpredictable lifestyle

Brisk walking (or running if you’re feeling fit) is a great option if you for when you do have some free time. So put on those flat comfortable shoes or trainers and go for a quick walk whenever you have the chance. Remember that it’s cheaper and sometimes quicker to walk rather than get the bus or drive short distances.

If you’re stressed

Give yoga a try. Yoga builds strength, flexibility and can help relieve stress, depression and back pain. A lot of people think that you have to be super flexible and strong to do yoga, but this isn’t true. There are yoga classes and online videos for all abilities, and you will build strength and flexibility as you go along. Yoga doesn’t raise your heart rate much, so pair it with aerobic activity like brisk walking, running, swimming or cycling.

It’s important to try and work activity into your day where possible too, especially good for our busy lives. Whether that’s going for a walk on your lunch break with colleagues, taking the stairs instead of the lift, getting off the bus a stop earlier or dancing around the kitchen as you cook your dinner. 

Remember to talk to your GP before starting any new exercise or weight loss regime.

Image from Tom Robinson, http://tomrpt.co.uk and http://pt2home.co.uk.

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