Summer is just so much more enjoyable if you’re fit. Opportunities for adventure abound but they all require a base level of fitness. Follow these tips to get in shape…
Make It Routine
Commit to making exercise part of your daily routine. Try and set aside 30 minutes a day, longer at weekends. It helps to keep to a regular time slot.
Mix It Up
Cross training, where you follow more than one type of exercise, is a great way to stay motivated. It’s also good for your body and helps you avoid overuse injuries or muscle imbalance.
Try A New Sport
Taking up a new sport challenges your body, plus it can be a lot of fun. You’ll gain in increased confidence from learning something new. It can also be super motivating!
Just 5 Minutes
If you’re struggling to get out the door (or hit the yoga mat), follow the “just 5 minutes” rule. Tell yourself you’ll exercise for 5 minutes then see how it goes. Sometimes just starting will motivate you to complete your full routine.
Favourite Gaiam Yoga Mats. Yoga is an excellent way to cross train and help you avoid muscle imbalance from over doing a particular sport.
Don’t Overdo It
Throwing yourself into an ambitious training regime and only lasting one week, won’t help your fitness levels. Be sensible and listen to your body. Overdoing it can leave you deflated and possibly injured. Build in rest days when you stick to light exercise such as an easy walk.
There are many different sports and ways of getting fit. Find out what you enjoy doing. It’s far easier to show up if your exercise routine is an enjoyable part of your day.
Hopefully these tips will get you up off the couch and committing to an exercise regime. Get moving for summer and let me know how you get on!