Tuesday, 16 April 2019

How to Start Exercising

how to start exercising

If somebody told you that there was a fantastic new supplement, it's100% natural and has a range of benefits including:
  • Improved sleep
  • Increased energy
  • improved immunity
  • Weight loss
  • Muscle toning
  • Improved mood & feeling happier
  • Reduced risk of chronic disease e.g. Type 2 diabetes.
Does it sound too good to be true? Would you take it?

All of the above gives you a taster of the benefits that regular exercise has on your body. We know that we're supposed to exercise but when it's not something we're used to it can feel like a chore, it really is however something we should all make time for.
Remember the saying your body is a temple? Well don't let it fall into ruin! Exercise really is a perfect way to improve your well-being and that is always something I'm striving for. I'll be talking about sustainability a lot here and part of that means looking after ourselves to lead the best life possible. 

How much do you actually need?

The NHS recommends 150 minutes of moderate activity each week. That's 21.5 minutes everyday, or if you fancy a Sunday off, 25 minutes a day for 6 days. Do you really not have a spare 25 minutes? 

Of course the more you can manage the greater the effects are going to be but that doesn't mean you should dive in at the deep end. Exercise is something that should be built up slowly as that's more likely to keep you motivated. 

female runner parkrun

What counts?

If your excuse for exercising is that it's too difficult then you're going to have to find a new one. All you need to do is be moving enough to feel warm and increase your heart rate to the point where you can still talk but singing would be difficult - I'm sure we're all aware that even a brisk walk can get you to that level!
Walking is a fantastic way to start your fitness journey - it's free, it's accessible and can easily slot into your daily routine. Why not add some walking into your commute? Park a little further away or get off the bus a stop early. 
Whilst we're on the topic of commuting cycling is another great way to get fit and many work places are part of the cycle to work scheme to get you up and running - check with your employer. 
If you have a good baseline then you can kick it up a gear by attending your local parkrun, I love parkrun and tell everyone I know to get involved, it's free and the community is amazing. 

dublin marathon running kit

Exercise is different for everyone

Everyone starts with a different base level of fitness, everyone has different strengths and weaknesses and you shouldn't base your own regime or ability on anyone else. 
Trying new things is the best way to find out what will work for you, don't dismiss something that you've never tried, or even a different variation of something you didn't previously like! 
There are so many options around you that you won't even know exit until you start looking, whether that's Inferno Hot Pilates (my personal favourite), joining a local tennis club, taking up rock climbing or practicing Yoga in your living room - the important thing is to start.

gym class
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Keeping Motivated

Ah, motivation, the downfall of pretty much everyone I speak to and it's not just exercise that motivation is a problem for, healthy diets are another common one! Like many things when it comes to motivation it's safety in numbers having someone to exercise with means you can bounce off each others energy to keep you going. 
Make it a priority and part of your routine. Don't cancel your exercise plans to go out and do something that came up last minute. The more consistently you can stick with it the more it will become second nature to continue exercising.
If you struggle with time then look at your week, there must be some point where you can squeeze in some exercise even if that means getting up a bit earlier to fit in a quick 25 minute workout. 

But what about me?

I'd be a pretty bad blogger (and person!) if I told you all of this and then didn't do anything myself! I'd like to think I'm pretty active, although I do spend my entire day at work sat down... ugh... I travel via train with a 20 minute walk either side that I always take at a brisk pace.
On a typical week I'll run two evenings in the week, getting changed as soon as I'm home from work - sitting down is the devil if you want to make sure you get out and do it! I usually run about 8km (5 miles) which takes me roughly 45 minutes. 
I attend two Inferno Hot Pilates sessions a week, think Pilates on steroids, in a 38 degree room and these are both one hour classes.
Saturday's exercise is an absolute staple and something that I don't even like to give up when I'm on holiday and that is parkrun. A free weekly 5km run which is entirely run by volunteers, there are now parkruns available in 21 countries and you can search for your nearest one via the parkrun website. I'm slowly creeping up to my 100th run so believe me when I say it's a fantastic way to keep fit and stay motivated too! 

boat hold yoga pilates

Stay motivated with me!

When I planned on starting this little blog I knew that exercise was something I wanted to share, to encourage as many people as possible to improve their well-being through exercise. I knew I wanted to share it but wasn't sure how! Starting this Friday (19th April) I'll be sharing a weekly Fitness Friday post on my Instagram the idea i you'll be able to save the posts to your own collection and be able to use the moves to create your own regime that you can carry out anywhere! I hope you enjoy it! 

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