Maintaining an Exercise Routine
We all know we should do it, but many of us find reasons not to. Some of these reasons may be plausible at one time or another, there are ways we can incorporate daily exercise into our lives, no matter what your schedule commitments or ailment.
The key to starting and sticking to an exercise regimen is to tackle your excuses head on. Lets take a look at some of the big ones.
Injury or Ailment
Physiotherapists and exercise physiologists are experts at developing exercise programs to suit an individual’s injury, ailment, overall health and physical requirements. If your excuse is injury or a health related issue, visit your GP and ask for a Chronic Disease Plan which entitles you to visit an exercise physiologist for help and ideas.
If the idea of exercise bores you, annoys you or even frightens you, its a good idea to look for some outside motivation. An exercise physiologist can be a great motivator and help you discover what works for you. Hiring a personal trainer short term can force you to attend the gym. Not only will it educate and motivate you, it will also increase the chance that the gym will become a habit rather than a chore. A cheaper option is to join a group class or team sport, where others rely on your attendance and exercise is enjoyed with friends. You will be surprised how quickly your motivation develops when starting an exercise program. Exercise is known to release feel good endorphins. That, coupled with the benefits of weight loss and overall improved health, is sure to get you back in the gym, on the run or at the playing field week after week.
This is a popular exercise excuse, and there is quite often merit to it if you have a full time job and a family. However, your health should be a priority to you and your family, so finding time to exercise should be paramount. Being able to exercise at home saves both time and money. It allows you to exercise at times that suit you. Try looking online for cheap new or used exercise equipment such as a stationary bike, spin bike or cross trainer. If you intend to train at home, seek advice from an exercise physiologist. They can advise on how often to train, how to incorporate the equipment you have and how to gradually increase intensity and implement variety.
The ever increasing world of exercise apps also makes it easier to train at home. Apps can provide anything from exercise ideas, fully planned exercise classes such as yoga or pilates, to your very own virtual personal trainer. These are an inexpensive and time effective exercise option. If exercising at home isn't your thing, there are many 24hr gyms. These allow you key card access 24/7 so you can train whenever it suits you. You will be surprised how many people train at odd hours of the day and night.
Exercise is Scary
There is no better cure for a fear than facing it head on. If it’s the idea that exercise is too hard physically or too confusing mentally, then make a small investment in your health and hire a personal trainer for a few sessions to educate you and show you how to start slowly and increase intensity over time. If it is exercising in front of others that puts you off, start in the comfort of your own home with cheap exercise equipment or exercise apps. Another option is to join a 24 hour gym and choose quieter times to train. Gyms such as Curves and Fernwood provide opportunity for women to train among only female trainers and members.
Once you have tackled your exercise excuses, start and don't stop! Don’t let new excuses topple you off the exercise bandwagon. If you find a new excuse creeping in, face it head on and jump over your next hurdle. It just might lead you to finding a new and interesting way to exercise.
Added to site on : Monday, 14 April 2014