Our Exercising Tips
Exercising doesn’t have to just be about losing weight. To maintain a healthy lifestyle you need to find a good balance of regular exercise and good eating habits. That’s not to say you should go to the gym and push yourself every day, or only eat salad. A brisk 20 minute walk is recommended, and you definitely shouldn’t deprive yourself of food, even a bit of chocolate every now and then is healthy for you!
I’ve never been one for exercising, but in the last few years I’ve been trying to improve my health and get myself moving a bit more. So here are some of the things I’ve learned and that have made my efforts to become healthier a little bit easier.
Don’t do it alone
I’m terrible at motivating myself, so I got my sister to do it for me. By working out with someone I feel more inclined to actually do it. If I was just going for a walk on my own I wouldn’t be accountable to anyone but myself, but if I go with someone I feel I’d be letting them down if I cancelled. Having an exercise buddy also makes the workout much more fun, because you can have a chat and a catch up, or a bit of friendly competition.
You don’t need to push yourself
Pushing yourself too hard is probably the one thing that’s going to put you off exercising. If you do too much you’ll feel so exhausted and it’s not like you’ll feel the benefits straight away so it can be quite discouraging. There’s also a higher risk of injury if you do too much too fast, and if you can’t exercise regularly due to an injury, you’ll get out of the habit and it will be harder to start again once you’re better. This exact thing happened to me, I did too much too quickly and pulled a muscle in my thigh, it hurt to walk for weeks so I wasn’t doing any exercise for months and it took me a long time to get back into it. You don’t need to push yourself at all, gentle, regular exercise is absolutely enough!
Get some new gear
Treating yourself to some good work out clothes can help too. Wearing something you feel comfortable in is key, if you’re not comfortable, you won’t want to exercise! I would recommend choosing something specifically designed for exercise, and loose t-shirts! A lot of work out clothes these days feature gorgeous prints and are made with moisture-wicking fabrics to keep you cool and comfortable. We have a great range of ethically made and environmentally friendly lounge and leisurewear available to choose from!
Walk Walk Walk!
I’m lucky enough to live near the coast, so as the nights are getting lighter I tend to go for a walk along the sea front. It’s really refreshing, especially after a long day at work, and it tires me out a lot more than the gym ever did, making it a much more pleasant exercise to do. If you don’t live near the sea, you’ll definitely be able to find a nice park or trail. Even a quick walk around the streets will give you an opportunity to explore where you live and get a bit of exercise in.
Of course there are those that don’t enjoy walking, the trick is to find something you like to do! Whether that’s swimming, tennis, running, athletics – anything! You’ll be more likely to stick with an exercise you enjoy.