Lets be honest, it's not starting a fitness program that is the hard part, it is sticking to it long term! The statistic of people that quit exercise plans and 'diets' before the three week mark is well over and beyond a staggering 50 percent.
For that reason, I have decided to do up a short clear Article for you today with my top three steps to take in order to make exercise a lasting habit and lifestyle change in 2017. A lifestyle change is a process that takes time and requires support. Once you're ready to make a change, the difficult part is committing and following through! What I would say is to do your research and make a plan that will prepare you for a path of long term success. Setting small goals and taking things one step at a time can be a great way of doing this as it saves us from feelings of overwhelm which can result in quitting which is not what we want!
STEP 1: Change up your activities that you enjoy most.
Do a variety of activities you enjoy. And remember, there's no rule that says you have to go to a gym or buy equipment. Any form of physical activity rather than a regimented exercise programme is perfectly fine here if that's what you enjoy most. Physical activity is defined as any bodily movement produced by the skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure. Examples of this could be swimming, playing tennis, rollerblading, skipping all to name but a few. Having a variety of activities such as resistance training in the gym, walking, fitness classes, tennis will ensure you can do something regardless of what time of the day it is or what the weather conditions are like.
STEP 2: Make a commitment
This can be done by organising a walk with a friend, booking a session with a Personal Trainer, investing in a fitness plan or even having a certain goal in mind for example, a 5K run booked in 6 weeks time that you have to train for.
I have been told so many times that ''I wouldn't have went to the gym today unless I was booked in with you''
It's easy to come up with excuses but a lot harder when you know someone is expecting you to exercise with them or attend their class or PT session.
STEP 3: Exercise when you're ''too tired.''
This one is easier said than done I know and it took me a long time to actually implement this one consistently but once done a few times trust me the feeling of euphoria during the activity you are doing and for some time after is an unbeatable feeling. Trust me, you'll thank me! This is another important reason to have a different variety of activities to choose from (STEP 1) as you can choose a less demanding activity intensity wise (e.g. swimming) when you're energy levels are lower than normal.
Thanks for reading, JMF.