Happy November. This month we are sharing all ideas around fitness.
We know for certain that movement matters, and it is our intention to help you get moving this month so you will be in your momentum come the New Year.
You see “Research Shows 43% Of People Expect To Give Up Their New Year's Resolutions By February” (source https://www.sundried.com/blogs/training/research-shows-43-of-people-expect-to-give-up-their-new-year-s-resolutions-by-february )and we definitely do not want you to be one of these statistics.
Now is the time to begin to practice moving well so by the time February arrives you are well in the consistent practice of moving and exercise in your daily life.
Did you know that "Leading an inactive life increases your risk of heart disease as much as if you smoked a pack of cigarettes a day, according to Dr. Rippe."
So, as we begin this month our topic today is something I have been thinking about and it is don’t sabotage your fitness lifestyle!
I often wonder if the reason most people don't exercise is that they don't know how rather than because they don't want to or don’t enjoy it?
And in the not knowing or not learning they simply sabotage their fitness success and therefore sabotage their health and vitality.
You see I have been doing some kind of exercise my whole life. My mother tells me I would run everywhere when I was a little one.
I played and absolutely was passionate about almost every sport when I was a kid. Hockey, baseball, soccer, football, tennis to name just a few that I participated in.
Today I continue to participate in tennis, badminton, weight training, some distance walking/hiking and cycling to name a few.
Yet in my very early 20's I wanted to begin a weight training program and it was the most intimidating thing for me to walk into a gym by myself to begin.
I was 100 lbs. overweight and because of that, I was intimidated by going into a gym. It took me a few years to get a gym membership and to begin weight training. Talk about sabotage, right?
When I actually started going to the gym, I went with a friend. We learned together how to lift weights, we learned proper form and technique and had a blast. It was an amazing experience that set me up to continue this practice of fitness ever since.
At that time, I needed and wanted some basic exercise ideas so I would succeed. What I rec’d from getting that gym membership and beginning the consistent journey of weightlifting was a lifelong habit that has made my life richer and better than I could ever imagine.
At 62 years young I delight in going out for my morning walk, practicing kettlebell training a few times a week, traditional weight training, stretching, using my trampoline to name a few of the consistent fitness activities in my daily practice.
Here are 7 tips to help you learn the following so you won’t sabotage your fitness results
Begin with your WHY! What is your WHY to go to the gym or work out at home 5-6 days a week? Why do you want to develop the habit of exercise? For me at the time I started going to the gym I was in my 20’s and overweight.
My WHY was I wanted to reduce my weight and get in shape.
I have heard it said knowing your WHY is 95% of the way to success.
The how following your WHY will be where you accomplish your goal and that is simply the last 5%.
We wrote about how to clarify your WHY here https://wendybottrell.weebly.com/blog/tips-to-help-you-reach-your-fitness-goals-for-your-better-health
Will you be someone who starts moving toward your health and fitness goals and is open to handing everything in the GAP between you starting and realizing your goal?
The GAP will be all the challenges, issues and feelings that will come up to put you off your path if you allow them to. If you make your WHY clear enough and handle everything in the GAP, you will become unstoppable.
Workout with a friend. As I said I initially I joined the gym with a friend and we met at the same time, on the same days to do the same exercises for the first 8 weeks. We were consistent. We had each other for support and encouragement. This definitely helped up both with the challenges of the GAP.
Find a friend to do the same for you? The goals we set when we started working out together was to show up at the gym 4-5 days per week. It was really that simple.
The most amazing thing about this experience was that we had lots of fun, met some wonderful people and it was a life-changing experience for both of us.
Begin Where You Are - When we began, we were put on a beginners training program because that was where we were starting and where we spent some time either running or on a stationary bike - 2o minutes, then we did a complete bodyweight training program for about another 45 minutes.
Find an exercise program that you will follow and if you are like us with no workout experience ask for some assistance to help you begin.
If you plan on exercising at home, we recommend The Home Workout Revolution – a follow-along at home video workout program that is perfect for the beginner. As you progress with your training you will find more advanced training programs with the Home Workout Revolution System – this program is in our fitness toolbox. You can check it out here: https://bit.ly/3g78Hqc (affiliate link)
Now you don't have to go to a gym to have success with exercise. Learning a few basic exercises will take you a very long way to improving your health and fitness. Decide where will you do your exercise program? Home, gym? If you decide to exercise at home, we recommend the Home Workout Revolution System - https://bit.ly/3g78Hqc
Find The Joy In Fitness - Find a way to enjoy what you are going to commit to your exercise program.
It is vital that you find a way to develop a positive strength and fitness habit in your life.
Whether you do bodyweight exercises, weight training, walk hills, yoga, Pilates, martial arts enjoy the activity. Your mindset toward how you feel about your fitness practice matters.
Find Your Own Schedule - Experiment with the timing of your training. I find that the timing of my walking is best in the morning and weight training is best in the afternoon.
These are the times I enjoy the most, I get the most accomplished.
Are you a morning person? Maybe you want to take time out of your stressful day and exercise during your lunchtime.
Or maybe like me, the best time for you to weight train is after your day at work where you can take the time to decompress from the day and train at the gym or home.
Learn Good Form and Technique - Be sure you take the time to learn the proper way to exercise. This will take you a long way in getting the results you want without injury.
Be sure to ask for help either by hiring a personal trainer to guide you or by asking the staff at the gym if you have questions to help you. Either way, learn the proper technique for your training program.
An exercise program is not a quick fix for what ails you. It is a lifestyle.
Exercise and fitness are lifetime wellness practices for you to live your best life.
I teach my clients that they are not only working out for today, but they are also working out today so they will be able to work out over their lifetime to help them stay independent and have a quality of life.
Make Exercise Fun - no matter what you choose to do to get fit have fun with it!
Today I have shared exercise tips that will help you move forward to have success in exercise and not sabotage yourself.
For me exercise has been a very empowering activity.
These very tips I have shared were given to me over the last almost 40 years. They have helped me stay on track even on those days when my workouts were the last thing I wanted to do.
My WHY has helped me move through the GAP between starting and realizing my goals each and every time.
What has exercise done for me? I feel exercise changed my life. No matter what has happened in my life, illness, or stress exercise has been a constant.
No matter if I go for a walk or lift weight exercise has been a time where I connected mind to body. I am strong, fit, mobile and flexible.
I’ve had a lot of fun with my training and some of the adventures I have taken because I am physically and mentally able to.
I’ve made a career in this field.
These tips have helped me develop the habit of exercise.
Do you exercise consistently? What is holding you back from starting a fitness program?
Get a friend, be consistent, find a program that you will follow, decide if you want to go to the gym or train at home, bodyweight training or lifting weights, learn proper form, know what your why is, know it will be a lifestyle program for independence, strength, and quality of life.
Hope you found some value in these exercise tips?
Share how you will begin or stick with your program below in the comments.
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We have outsourced our lifestyle for way too long!