1) Everybody starts at a different fitness level
Don't compare yourself to other peoples’ fitness level. Each of us are unique with our own body shape and abilities. Embrace who you are and do the best you can do.
2) Move forward from where you are right now
Set a short term attainable goal. If you want to run two miles without stopping, and you're at one mile now, then you just need to practice running more. Work towards adding a little extra distance each week until you get to your two miles. Progression takes time in anything you choose to do and patience is your friend.
3) Don't exercise like a maniac
When most people begin a fitness program they usually overdo it by exercising at a high intensity every workout. At that high rate it won’t take long before you burn out and quit altogether. We don't have to exercise hard every workout. It’s important to give your joints and ligaments time to adjust, otherwise an injury is not far off from taking you down. Ease into your exercise routine, you want to make this a habit that sticks.
4) Pay attention to how your body is feeling
If you're getting overly tired or overly sore it's time to lay off a bit and rest up. Recovery time is needed and good for you, so don't view it as a set back, or something negative. Rest up by doing less strenuous workouts during this time such as moderate walking or simple mobility work. A gentle yoga or mat Pilates class would also be great, and can help you get more in-tune with your body. Positive things happen when you allow your body to heal and rest a bit. Sometimes what we take out of our fitness program leads to greater results in the long run.
By keeping these simple tips in mind you will experience greater success in sticking with your exercise program. Strive towards having your exercise routine become a healthy achievable habit by staying safe and injury free so you‘ll get the most from your workout and time while improving your health and well-being.
What do you want to achieve through exercise? Most of us want to be healthy, fit, and strong. And don’t we want to feel successful and accomplished when we are done exercising? I know I do.
What’s your exercise routine like, do you mindlessly go through each movement, or do you stay engaged? It matters, first in the time you spend exercising and second in the way your body moves during exercise. All in all efficiency in movement matters because really, who wants to waste time, and having body awareness by engaging the muscles we are working has a positive influence on our bodies as a whole. It transfers over to other parts of our lives, such as our posture by the way we carry ourselves throughout the day, as well as our breathing, and also improves other activities we may enjoy.
When you take the time to exercise mindfully and efficiently you’ll receive benefits you haven’t even considered simply by going through your exercise routine with more thought and care.
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