How to start exercising and enjoy it!

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Happy New Year, I hope everyone has had time to relax and put their feet up a bit because now we are talking New Years resolutions. One of the most popular but notoriously difficult resolutions is to get fit and loose weight, but as we all know it can be hard to get into a proper routine and stay motivated. This Blog will give 5 of my top tips to getting into exercise and enjoying it.

  1. Work Out partner/PT-

A partner can be great for two reasons firstly it can be a huge motivation booster as you have someone to get you out of bed on those cold January morning. A smiling face and a good laugh can wonders for your enjoyment of the gym. The other great thing about a partner is it provides a good bit of healthy competition, brilliant for pushing you that extra two percent.  Furthermore a personal trainer can improve your technique and really spice up you workouts. We work closely with lots of PTs and instructors so don’t be afraid to ask who we recommend!

2. Music

Music can be a brilliant motivator; it is a powerful way of changing your emotions when going for a lift or new personal best. If you can tune into the music you can achieve astounding things.

3. Classes/ Team sports

Group activities and sports are brilliant for getting fit without knowing your getting fit. Having something else to focus on apart from your next step can allow you to run a huge distances without even realising it. This would be brilliant for those competitive souls who have been meaning to their old sport. Moreover the social side of group activities can lead you to really enjoying your precious time off work.

4. Only compare yourself to yourself

This is a great way of making sure you stay motivated and stops you from becoming despondent. Comparing ourselves to other gym goers is a sure fire way of putting unnecessary pressure on ourselves as most of the time we all just focus on our own faults. The best thing to do is create a log and compare yourself each session, trying to do a little bit more each session.

5. Start slow, experiment and stay healthy

The worst motivation killers are injuries; the best way to avoid injury when starting a new exercise regime is to start slow and build up the load the body is taking. This can be helped by varying the exercises in your workout, allowing your body to recover fully after each session.

If you are struggling with any aches and pains and would like to book an appointment at the clinic with myself or any other physio, please give us a call on 01285 654059 or email us at hello@marklandclinic.com and we’ll be happy to help!

Thank you for reading,

George Stacey-Stevens

Physiotherapist at the Markland Clinic

 

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