Heading into the new year, many people have the same resolution, time after time: to lose weight and get fit. You might stick it out for a few months or only a few weeks before the well-intentioned, daily 1 or 2 hour walks or runs fall to the wayside due to time constraints. Read below for some tips to help you set up a pattern of success when it comes to your fitness.
Commit to a class
Gym memberships are not without merit, but sadly a large percentage of them are grossly underutilized or have zero attendance despite charging you ongoing fees. In fact, gyms build this into their figures and capacity – if everyone who had a membership used it consistently most would run out of space quite quickly! A better way to get yourself into a structured workout is to sign up for and commit to a class. Getting to know other people enough to feel accountable if you don’t attend can be a simple way to motivate you to go. Funnily enough, the psychology of wanting to belong and stick to the rules of a group environment is proven as quite powerful. So whether you seek out group training in Port Melbourne or a yoga class in Port Arlington, finding a class to suit your needs is important. If timetables or styles are not suitable in your area, grab a few friends and hire a trainer to custom design and deliver a workout for you. Even less ability to pike out of a session in this scenario as your friends know where you live!
In addition to structured exercise, it’s the incidental movement that you engage in across that day that counts for calorie burn. Walking a bit further to work/bus/car is one way to fit in some more gentle exercise, as is looking after pets and children. Experts recommend that you get going as early as possible. If an early morning jog to grab a coffee isn’t your thing, some yoga or simple stretching is a gentler way to ease yourself into the day. For those with various aches and pains or general stiffness thanks to an all-day desk job, early movement is important to get the circulation going as well as the synovial fluid that protects joints.
Get the latest
The most recent research notes that even a bunch of two-minute stretch sessions across the day are of the same benefit as a larger block. A similar principle applies to resistance training. You don’t need to pump weights for hours every day to get the benefits of load-bearing exercise. In fact, training intervals and working with volitional fatigue is the fastest way to gain the benefits from lifting weights, without large amounts of reps. If this information is new to you, arming yourself with knowledge or completing a sport or fitness course will be a great investment of time and good for your health, even if only for personal use.