With spring on the way, warmer starts to the day and more daylight hours it’s that time of year when everyone comes out of hibernation and begins to think about what they want to do to increase their activity level. It’s a great time of year to start making exercise plans for the summer and to set some goals for the summer months ahead. Below I’ve shared 7 key tips that will help you along the way
With spring on the way, warmer starts to the day and more daylight hours it’s that time of year when everyone comes out of hibernation and begins to think about what they want to do to increase their activity level. It’s a great time of year to start making exercise plans for the summer and to set some goals for the summer months ahead. Below I’ve shared 7 key tips that will help you along the way.
1. Pick a goal or an event that is going to be fun, exciting and challenging. Maybe something that you haven’t done before. Learn a new skill or perfect an old one. Get yourself out of your comfort zone. Don’t expect it to be easy. But be realistic- it needs to be achievable for you.
2. Make yourself accountable- communicate your goal plan with your wife, husband, partner or friend. Write it down and stick it on the fridge door where you and others will see it every day.
3. Have a plan and stick to it- work out what times you can realistically train or exercise and get them in your diary. Consistency in training is key and if you fail to plan your exercise time then life will get in the way. But also be flexible- if you can’t make a session, it’s raining or something unexpected crops up then you may have to modify the session but always remember that "something is always better than nothing".
4. Train from home or train while you commute- try to use as much dead time as possible to exercise. Driving somewhere to run or ride isn’t a time friendly option for me so training from the front door, or using the daily commute to run or ride to work makes use of that downtime otherwise spent sitting in traffic.
5. When it’s time to train….train. Don’t procrastinate! When you are single, have no kids and are at Uni then you can spend half an hour before each session making sure you have a matching outfit, or have just the right playlist on your ipod or squeeze in another coffee. But if your demographic doesn’t fit the above and you are busy and often feel like you are being pulled in a million different directions then get your kit on and out the door! This is your time so use it!
6. Identify your "moments of weakness"- and have a strategy to combat them. Mine is turning the computer on at 930 to do "one more last work thing before bed" and still being there at 11pm. You’ll give anything for that extra 20 minutes sleep when the alarm goes off in the morning! If you get home from work and the first thing you do is pour yourself a glass of wine and sit down and think “I should go to my 6pm Pump Class but I can’t be bothered moving” then identify your “moment of weakness” before it happens and have a strategy to combat it. It could be making sure you don’t come home after work and go straight to the gym.
7. Embrace technology- Garmin’s, fitbit’s, Strava, pedometer’s are all great devices or platforms to engage the exerciser with their environment and to make things fun, measureable and sociable with other users. There’s a huge array of apps and devices out there to make your exercise time more fun so explore them and find what works for you and your activity. Get your friends on to them and start comparing!