In today’s day and age with everyone being so busy with life, usually exercise is the first activity to be lost. We all know how good exercise is for us and how good it can make us feel and it should be an essential part of life as it can help:
- Reduce stress
- Improve your mood
- Help with weight loss or weight maintenance
- Maintain strong healthy muscles and bones
- Boost energy levels
- Reduce the risk of chronic disease
- Skin health
- Improve sleep quality
- Reduce chronic pain
Sometimes it can be hard to motivate yourself to get up and move. Whether you’re lacking energy or motivation, there is always something you can find that you may enjoy.
See below our tips to help get you started:
- Find an activity that you actually enjoy and look forward to doing. This could be anything from walking to kickboxing to swimming. When you find something you enjoy, it’s much easier to motivate yourself to do it on a regular basis.
- Small steps – Start small and don’t try to do too much too soon – this will only lead to burnout and frustration. If you are just getting started with exercise, start with small goals that are achievable and realistic. For example, commit to walking for 20 minutes three times per week. Once you’ve accomplished this goal, you can move on to something more challenging.
- Go first thing in the morning – If you are a morning person then why not set your alarm slightly earlier and get up to exercise. This might mean having your clothes ready next to your bed, so that when that alarm goes off all you need to do is get up, put your clothes on be ready to start your activity.
- Try a group fitness class or find a buddy to train with – training with other people can make a big difference to how you feel about working out. In group fitness classes, the sense of community can be really motivating and keep you coming back for more. If you don’t like the idea of group fitness, find a friend or family member to train with instead.
- Write a plan and set goals – having a written plan and then ticking off when it’s completed can give a real sense of satisfaction. Setting goals can be a really good way of keeping you on track. Of course they need to be achievable and realistic. It is important that you set your own goals but our physiotherapists can also help you with this.
If you are not sure where to start or have pain or an injury preventing you from exercising our physiotherapists at the Home Physio Group can create a personalised program for you to help you with pain relief, recovery and an exercise program.
For more information please contact us on 0330 335 1016 or alternatively please fill out our contact sheet and we will get back to you.