We all need to be active in some way. There is so much research today that shows that balanced nutrition and an active lifestyle helps to improve your health, body and mood. If you can get into a good routine when you are young, it will set you up for a life of good health and happiness.
How much do I need to do?
Each person needs to get 30 minutes of activity on at least 5 days of the week. Some of the many benefits associated with exercise include improved bone density, improved muscle tone, cardiovascular benefits and increased energy levels. If you are looking to change your body composition in some way, or to train for a particular event, you will need to do more than this standard amount. Your coach, trainer, doctor or dietician will be the best person to advise you in these specific situations.
Don’t do too much too soon!
Lots of us avoid exercise because we associate it with negative things like feeling sore, feeling stiff, sweating, hard work and generally not feeling so great. This is usually because we have tried to do too much too soon. If you go slowly and gradually build up your exercise tolerance you’ll start to feel the difference in your body and energy levels, and this will push you to continue. Jumping too quickly into a routine can be hugely demoralising so go slowly and listen to your body. If your body is sore after a particular session, give yourself a few days of lighter exercise to recover. You’ll start to learn exactly how much to do, and when you can push the boundaries a little bit.
Make it fun
You need to do whatever you can to make your exercise fun. If listening to some pumping tunes will make the experience more pleasant, than make sure you are set up for this. If you know that you need to work out with friends, then get some scheduling going. If you enjoy a particular activity, focus on that. We’re all human and if it isn’t fun we just won’t maintain it for long. Finding something we love to do, with people we love to do it, is a great way to do exercise painlessly!
If (like us) you start an exercise plan only to fall off the wagon within a few weeks, don’t despair! It won’t take you as long as it did the first time to get back to where you were. It is just a case of starting again slowly and building up. Any amount of exercise you can do is better than none, so just start somewhere and see where it takes you.