Wednesday 9th September marks a big day in my diary…it’s National Fitness Day!
This year I want to use the day to help as many people as possible get started on the path to a fitter, more active lifestyle.
Getting started is often the hardest part…that first step into the gym, the first home workout, the first jog round the block…whatever it may be.
So with that in mind here are my top tips the getting started and staying firming on the fitness wagon!
#1: Choose something you actually enjoy!
It’s a great idea to try lots of different types of exercise and then choose the one that floats your boat. All too often people find themselves doing an activity their friend has dragged them along to, or doing a workout because apparently its the best one or the latest trend.
The bottom line is, all types of exercise, when performed at the correct intensity, will make you fitter, so choose the one you enjoy, that way you’ll be much more likely to keep at it.
#2: Start small!
You don’t have to throw yourself in at the deep end when it comes to getting fit. Start small with 2-3 sessions per week and ease yourself into them. If you’re trying a fitness class take the low impact options at first or if you’re planning to lift some weights in the gym don’t go heavy straight away, build yourself up gradually.
Severe Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) otherwise known as ‘OMG I’m stiff as a board after that workout and I can’t get up and down off the loo’ can serve to demotivate for many; often resulting in longer durations between sessions and a negative association, so take your time…slow and steady wins the ‘getting started in fitness’ race.
Prolonged periods of inactivity can lead to a lack of confidence in your exercise abilities. However, the body is a wonderful thing, and it really is amazing what it can do. But, in order for the body to fulfil its full potential the mind must first believe that it is capable.
If you consistently tell yourself that you CAN’T do something, that will become your reality…a life with limits! So be kind to yourself, tell yourself YOU CAN and celebrate your achievements!
‘What the mind believes, the body achieves!’
I’d love to know if you’re doing anything special for National Fitness Day or if you’re starting out on a journey to a fitter, more active you, so please tweet me @KatieBulmer1.
Have a great day,