Stay Dedicated To Being Motivated
We asked one of our Exercise Physiologists, Ernest Starowicz, to share his expert advice about how to keep motivated when you’re getting back into exercise.
From busy work schedules to lifestyle changes to injuries and long periods of illness, there are many reasons why people stop exercising. If you’re getting back into exercising after a considerable break, the key to doing so safely is to take your time. Build things up gradually, and be sure to change your routine frequently: patience and variety will help reduce the chance of injury and hopefully prolong the time you stick at your exercise program.
If you have any doubts of questions, seek the help of a health professional to guide you through the journey of getting started again.
Ernest’s Top Tips
- When it comes to exercise, the key is to find something you enjoy, so you’re more likely to do that activity – and keep doing it.
- Start small and build up from there. Having smaller, realistic goals from the start is a game-changer: you’ll hit your goals sooner and be inspired to stick at your program.
- If possible, have a workout buddy. Exercising with a friend will not only help keep you accountable, it will make things a lot more fun too!
- Focus on yourself. Everybody’s different, and everybody’s working on their own plan to suit their own individual needs, circumstances and body. So never compete and never compare – just concentrate on your own goals and improvement.
- Keep track of your progress – you can go old school and simply write down your daily exercise achievements, or download a fitness app, such as Google Fit or Samsung Health. This will not only help you easily monitor your progress, but also your diet. Plus you can set goals, get health and fitness tips, and even challenge family and fronds who also have the app, which can be a great motivator.
- Keep at it! If you exercise consistently, your body will adapt and over time you’ll definitely see the results.