THE LAZYBONES GUIDE TO GETTING FIT – getting started

lazybones guide to getting fit - get started

ARE YOU STARTING TO FEEL A LITTLE SOFT AND SQUIDGY, BUT CAN’T SEEM TO GET MOTIVATED TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT?

SOUNDS LIKE A CASE OF LAZYBONES MAXIMUS!
Fear not, we’re going to get you moving again and put the word ‘exercise’ back into your vocab…


EXCUSES, EXCUSES – WE’VE GOT THEM COVERED!

We’ve all made them, we’ve even convinced ourselves they’re true unfortunately the only people we’re kidding are ourselves! Here are some excuse comebacks that will {hopefully} inspire you to get fit…

“I slept through the alarm – so I won’t bother!” Get louder alarm clock or turn the volume up on your iPhone. In fact, set both. Put one on the other side of the room so you have to get up to turn it off. Otherwise exercise at the end of the day.

“Exercise is bad for you – you can injure yourself!” The longer you don’t exercise, the more risk you have of hurting yourself when you do move. Find out how to exercise properly to minimize the risks of hurting yourself and getting sick.

“It’s too hot/cold!” Wait for it to be ideal and you’ll be waiting forever!

“I’ll exercise tomorrow! Tomorrow never comes. Put it off today and you’re only getting better at putting it off forever. Start small – a little work each day allows you to chip away at your long-term fitness goals.

“I’m too tired!” Which is better? Feeling tired because you’re bored or being a sloth, or feeling tired because you’ve worked out? Besides exercising boosts your energy levels.

“I have to look after the kids!” Take them with you! Go to the park, run around, play with a ball or a frisbie. They’ll enjoy the exercise and you’ll be setting a great example.

GO FOR IT… SET YOURSELF GOALS

First actually identify what you want to achieve, {eg get more energy, drop a dress-size or tone your butt} and then break it down into achievable chunks. Another trick is to keep a diary of your sessions. It’s great for your motivation to see how much you have put behind you and how many sessions of quality work you have accumulated.

5 MORE REASONS TO BE INSPIRED

Still not convinced? Here are the big benefits of a regular exercise routine…
* ​it improves self-esteem and well being
* ​it stimulates the digestive system which is essential for the absorption of nutrients and the discretion of wastes
* ​it improves the condition of the heart, lungs and blood circulation
* ​it raises the metabolic rate which gives you more energy and aids in weight reduction
* ​it helps to alleviate depression, stress and fatigue by boosting the production of therapeutic chemicals in the brain

GETTING STARTED…

Once you’ve got your head around exercising again, get yourself some good training shoes and a re- fillable water bottle as it’s important to keep yourself hydrated. Start 15 to 20 minutes a day, three times a week, then start adding extra days. If you go straight into a full-on schedule, you’re only setting yourself up for injuries and failure. And most importantly, do something that you enjoy – surfing, yoga, rock climbing, even walking the dog – it will make self-discipline and forming a routine so much easier.

{+ stay tuned for more inspo over the next coming days!}

{Pic: Vogue}


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