We all know the importance of diet for weight loss, but some of us tend to neglect the exercise part.
Sometimes it is due to a lack of enjoyment of exercise, or due to a lack of time due to work and family commitments. If you do not exercise then you are reducing your ability to lose weight.
Even if you do not wish to lose excess amounts of weight. The health benefits of exercise cannot be ignored.
Regular exercise is important for maintaining health, with those who exercise regularly less likely to die from heart disease and other serious conditions.
So what will help you to become more active? Read on for a few tips.
#1: Exercise with a friend or family member
If you find that you will often skip a trip to the gym to do something else then perhaps if you went with a friend or loved one would make you more accountable for your actions.
You are bound to know someone who has a similar goal to you, so ask them the next time you meet.
Going together will enable you both to motivate each other, while also ensuring you can both push through any issues you encounter too,
#2: Keep exercise fun
If you find that exercise is boring then maybe you need to find a new exercise or activity to perform.
Steady-state cardio (running for hour upon hour on the treadmill) can be boring, but there are plenty of other things you can do that will help you work up a sweat.
You could join a class where you will workout as a group, can make new friends and have fun while working out for example.
#3: Listen to your body
When you make the decision to start working out you will likely need to start off slow.
Listen to your body and make sure you do not push yourself too hard for the first few weeks as your body will not be used to the strain so you could end up injuring yourself.
A little pain is to be expected but if you experience more than a little then it is never recommended to “push through it”. Chances are this pain is there for a reason, and you certainly do not want to be out of action for weeks or even months at a time.
Of course this does not mean you should take it easy either. Set yourself a challenge each week and try to build the amount you do too.
#4: Use exercise to escape from work
Sometimes work can be stressful and you may often feel overwhelmed.
Rather than reaching for junk food, or heavens forbid that bottle of alcohol wouldn’t exercise be a better way of relieving stress.
Even if you only have a 5 minute walk, it maybe enough time to clear your head of the stress, which will enable you to return mentally and physically ready for more.
Hitting a punch bag could be a good way to relieve stress, while yoga is a more relaxing form of stress-relieving exercise.
#5: Reward yourself
One way to ensure you exercise regularly is to reward yourself when you do.
Of course this does not necessarily mean with food, although the occasional treat should not cause too much harm.
Instead you should reward yourself with other treats like a spa day or a trip to the cinema.