Fitness really does play an important role in our overall health and wellbeing especially as we age. Studies have shown our fitness levels decrease after the age of 20 but the good news is this doesn’t mean you can’t improve your fitness with regular exercise.
However even the most intending individuals can find it hard to fit in a work out or some form of exercise daily with life and daily activities getting in the way. If you are an old hat to the fitness game, getting back on the wagon after some time off, or you are completely new to it, there are some simple ways to help ensure you commit to putting some time into exercise for your own long term gains.
Find a time that suits you – The fastest way to avoid working out is to choose a time that really doesn’t suit you. If you aren’t a morning person then it’s probably not ideal to try and commit this as a workout time. If you want to make a strong commitment to incorporating fitness into your daily routine you really need to find a time that is going to work for you and that you are at your optimal energy.
Set some goals – This goes without saying, if you don’t have a goal to work towards there won’t be much motivation to see the end results. Do you want to lose weight, tone up or just simply improve your fitness levels? These are all things you should ask yourself and then set some realistic goals to achieve. It can help to work with a fitness professional initially to help you set targets and ensure you aren’t over working yourself.
Make a commitment – If you are accountable to others you are more likely to stick to a workout appointment. Meeting friends for a walk, work out session or bike ride can bea great way to kill two birds with one stone so to speak. This way you can fit in your daily does of exercise as well as your social interactions. Join a class – dancing,swimming or anything else that will get your blood pumping.
Join a gym or Invest in equipment – Again if there is some commitment in place it is more likely you will set aside the time for your fitness. Joining a gym can be a great way to get out and about and mingle with other like-minded people. However gyms are not for everyone. Hiring or even investing in some home equipment such as a treadmill, some weights or even a vibration plate can take some of the stress away from organising a time for your fitness. It allows you to exercise in the comfort of your own home.
Take the high road – Wherever possible try to make the commitment to ditch the car and walk. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator or if you are running errands close by try walking or biking. You will also be saving yourself valuable dollars on car costs and be being kind to the environment too! Exercise is proven to help increase your moods, flexibility and bone health as well as helping with circulation and weight control. So while sometimes it can be hard to commit to and stick to a workout schedule it really will benefit you in the long term.