10 Habits that make exercise easier
10 Everyday Habits to improve your exercise
Every year, the most common New Year’s resolution is to exercise more and take better care of our bodies. This is a fantastic resolution to be making – however, this is usually the time of the year (2-3 months down the track…) where people will again fall into bad habits.
This then begs the question…how do we maintain our exercise regime, and keep it going for the whole year? Below, we’ve listed 10 habits of those who exercise regularly, and the tips and tricks that help them maintain their momentum.
1. They always do something
– Doing some form of exercise is always better than doing nothing at all – the only bad workout is the one that didn’t happen!
2. They exercise with a friend/partner/family member
– It’s always easier to keep yourself on track when you have someone else to keep you honest and accountable
They have their gear washed and ready for the week ahead, and always in sight as a reminder to get moving.
4. They remember how they feel when they do exercise
– Keep a hold of that feeling you get when you complete a workout…you feel better, lighter and have more energy
5. Stand more than they sit
–- At work, at home or wherever you may be…stand, don’t sit! Standing forces muscles to continue working, even when you’re not working out.
6. They have an exercise plan
– Plan out your exercise for the week, and plan out your recovery and rest days as well (recovery is your friend when you’re adapting to an intensified exercise regime).
7. Guidance to find the best exercise for them
– Seeing an exercise professional, like an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, to plan and design a program that suits their specific needs.
8. Doing incidental exercise throughout their day
– Take the stairs! Park further away! Every little bit of extra exercise will make a difference.
9. Long-term expectations
– Change takes time and hard work. You will not usually see any significant changes for 6-8 weeks, as this is how long it usually takes for adaptation to exercise to occur. Patience and commitment is key.
10. Set achievable goals
– When goal setting it is important that they are SMART goals.
Specific – weight loss, running a certain distance etc.
Measurable – using objective measures
Achievable – something that is attainable
Realistic – can you actually reach that goal
Timely – set a timeline and stick to it
If you have any further questions about exercise, please contact me and we can discuss this in more detail.
For more information visit the Exercise Science and Sports Australia (ESSA) website: www.essa.org.au
Helpful fact sheets on chronic diseases can be found at: www.exerciseismedicine.com.au
For more information about what exercise can do for you visit: www.exerciseright.com.au
Nicholas holds accreditations in both Exercise Physiology and Remedial Massage, and is passionate about the combination of the two disciplines, to develop a holistic approach to musculoskeletal concerns, enabling his patients to achieve a functionally strong and healthy body.