• Making Exercise Easy When You’re Far From Fit

    Making Exercise Easy When You’re Far From Fit

     

    When you’re in your teens and twenties, people who exercise are fanatics. They’re gym bunnies or health freaks (or the crossfit junkies), and you judge them without worry. You certainly wouldn’t be caught dead getting sweaty for fun. No THANK you!

    But, as you get older, something strange happens. Those friends who used to laugh at young gym goers with you start going to the gym. Your supple body begins to sag and struggle, joints begin to ache. And, one dark day, you find yourself looking into gym memberships. What is happening to you?!

    Sadly, this is a little thing called age. It catches us all eventually. And, far from being fanatical, exercise in your thirties and above is an essential part of daily life. Without it, you’ll struggle to maintain even basic levels of fitness and health. Aches and pains will crop up where you never knew it possible. You may even start to struggle mentally. After all, a healthy mind and body go hand in hand.

    exercise outfit

    There’s just one issue; you’ve never actually done heavy exercise before. In school, it was cool to goof around in gym class. In fact, running down the stairs is the closest you’ve come to exercise in years. It should come as no surprise, then, that your first gym session makes you feel like absolute death. Hence why many of us let our memberships go to waste after the taster session.

    Sadly, I’m not here with a magic fix. Exercise is hard, and that’s all there is to it. The good news is, there are a few ways to make your hobby easier. And, lucky for you, we’re going to look at the main ones here. So, book up another session already, then sit back and consider the following.

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    Build yourself up slowly

    Chances are that you’ve heard the saying ‘slow and steady wins the race’. It’s a sentiment you can apply to most walks of life, and exercise is no different. When it comes to getting fit, most of us make the mistake of going too hard too soon, risking burnout and injury. We push ourselves to keep up with others in the gym, or embark on insane workout sessions we aren’t ready for. In truth, though, there’s no need for it. The secret to success here is to build yourself slowly. Something as simple as two minutes running around the house would be a good starting point. When you find that easy, build it to three, then four. Keep increasing until your next gym session. As easy as that, you’ll find yourself much more able to keep on top. And, if you don’t end your exercise on death’s door, you may find that you enjoy yourself. What’s more, you’ll find yourself much more willing to get stuck in when you only have two minutes on the clock. This can also help you to avoid any unpleasant injuries which set you back even further. In short; slow definitely wins this race in every way.

     

    Consider your life outside of exercise

     

     

    Many of us also make the mistake of keeping exercise separate from the rest of our lives. We only worry about our bodies during that one session a week. The rest of the time, we do what we want and fail to think about the consequences. In truth, though, this is not an issue you can segment. Everything you do in your life outside exercise has an impact. If you eat junk every day, for instance, your energy levels are sure to suffer. Stodgy foods which are high in saturated fats are sure to leave you low on energy. And, that’s not going to help with your efforts. In fact, it won’t even give your body what it needs to face exercise sessions. In the same way bodybuilders have strict diets, you need to make sure your body gets what it needs before and after exercise. That means focusing on things like protein and fiber. You should also make sure to consume plenty of fresh foods with low levels of unhealthy fat. This will increase your energy, and thus make your exercise motivation easier to find.

    The impact of your outside life doesn’t stop there, either. Bad habits like drinking and smoking can also do real damage to your efforts here. In many ways, this is an obvious issue. We all know that smoking reduces lung capacity, for instance. That will then leave you struggling to breathe after even small exertions. And, you don’t need us to tell you that’s going to make any exercise more difficult. Instead, take this excuse to finally cut those habits. Invest in vapor kits to help you get off the cigarettes. Straight away, these will help your lungs to heal. Equally, get into the habit of saying no to alcohol, especially in the lead up to a session. Dehydration is not what you want when hitting the gym. Even small changes here should go a long way towards making exercise that bit easier for you.

    Get the support you need

     

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    It’s also crucial to get a support network behind you. That could be someone like a partner who encourages and praises your efforts here. Or, you may want to go all out and find a group with which you can exercise. Most gyms offer group sessions like these for those who need extra motivation. You could even ask around friends and arrange sessions together. Either way, having a support network can make your life a lot easier. Though it doesn’t make a physical difference like our other points, this is actually most crucial of all. Without anyone behind you, there’s less chance you’ll keep going. You’ll slip into bad habits of skipping sessions, and exercise will become more of a challenge as a result. By comparison, your support network can hold you accountable. If you don’t turn up when you should, you’ll let them down. As a result, you’ll find the exercise hurdle much easier to jump. And, the more you turn up, the easier your sessions will be.

     

     

     

     

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    18 Comments

    1. Annaliese
      August 7, 2018 / 3:12 pm

      Oh this workout outfit and your hair are so cute here!! I’ve had some trouble over the past few months finding a new workout plan that I can get really excited about and stick with, but I’m not ready to give up!

      xoxo A
      http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

    2. Delia
      August 7, 2018 / 5:28 pm

      Love all your tips and believe me girl, I totally agree with you about exercise after 30! It’s so important! Without it you’ll basically be living off coffee the whole day because exercise gives you the energy you need for the day!

    3. August 7, 2018 / 6:32 pm

      I’ve been having motivation troubles the past few months and it hasn’t been easy to get back on. I hope that with eating much healthier and everything I can start exercising regularly.

    4. August 7, 2018 / 9:32 pm

      These are great tips! I’m just getting back into a workout routine so I’m striving to go to classes 2-3 times a week.

    5. August 7, 2018 / 11:36 pm

      This is such a cute set babe! I love the color and the print, you look great!

      Kileen
      cute & little

    6. August 8, 2018 / 12:17 am

      I work out just about everyday and to get me motivated I think about new workout gear I can buy to look cute and how much my body is going to thank me for doing the work out.

    7. August 8, 2018 / 9:22 am

      i love what you have to say here! it’s definitely hard especially when you go from maybe being somewhat active as a kid then, like you said, facing age! i’ve been such an on again – off again person when it comes to staying active. there’s no in between for me. i find more motivation at the gym vs. at home. i’m trying to find a healthy balance between home workouts and going to the gym. thanks for sharing

    8. August 8, 2018 / 9:36 am

      Your workout outfit is so cute! What has really helped me workout is a pre-workout drink. It’s not for everyone but I couldn’t get going without a caffeine kick in the morning! (hello cups and cups of coffee) The pre-workout has slowly replaced my early morning coffee need and gets me to the gym earlier.

    9. August 8, 2018 / 9:36 am

      What a great giveaway! And these are great tips – especially about building up your endurance slowly!

    10. August 8, 2018 / 10:40 am

      Getting back into working out after a break can be challenging! I recently started back running, and like you suggested, have been taking it slow. Fueling up on good food and hydration is so important, too!!!! Thanks for the great tips, Tara 🙂

    11. August 8, 2018 / 11:33 am

      These are amazing tips! I have some sort of routine but nothing really set in stone, I need a new workout plan! I love your outfit!

    12. August 8, 2018 / 3:30 pm

      I’m obsessed with this sports bra and combo! Such an adorable print.

      I totally feel you on all the tips as well. I just did a similar post talking about a body positive take on staying in shape. Its so important to make fitness a lifestyle and not just something we punish ourselves with based of what we’ve eaten or during a certain season to get in shape. So much goodness here!

      xo,
      Cara
      https://neverskipbrunch.com

    13. August 9, 2018 / 11:38 am

      My friends and I all support each other by going for runs before we all start our individual workouts in the gym. It’s a great way to be connected but still work out independently.

    14. August 9, 2018 / 3:48 pm

      I agree with the build yourself up slowly! So many of us dive in head first and burn out!

    15. Rachel
      August 9, 2018 / 4:22 pm

      Haha that GIF is perfect! I’m an ‘all-or-nothing’ type of work out person, which keeps me from doing it consistently! I definitely needed these tips!

    16. Katie
      August 9, 2018 / 4:58 pm

      Totally agree with building up slowly. I find that taking baby steps when it comes to exercise helps my endurance a ton over time!

    17. kathryn
      August 12, 2018 / 9:59 pm

      I hear you! As I age, the more I want/need to work out! I loved this post and it was super helpful!

    18. August 13, 2018 / 11:10 am

      WOW, I needed this post! I’m the worst about starting an excercise routine and then giving up within days. I’m also terrible about what I eat! These tips give me hope!

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