Posted by Step into Life Ocean Grove on 05/23/2019

How to find your perfect fitness

How to find your perfect fitness

Getting back into fitness after some time off can be daunting; here are my top tips on how to find your perfect fitness and to keep going even when the going gets tough.

  • Chose an activity that you enjoyed when you were younger, chances are you will enjoy it again.  For example if you were a swimmer go back to the pool, if you enjoyed outdoor sports consider an outdoor training group.
  • Set yourself a realistic goal.  Having a goal is a great way to stay on track, especially if that goal means paying upfront.  Sign up for an event and actually pay the entry fee, better still sign up and get sponsors then you can’t pull out. 
  • Know your why!  Why do you want to get fit or train?  Is it to be a good role model for your kids? Is it so you can play with your grandchildren? Is it because your health is suffering and if you don’t do something now it will be too late?  Knowing your why will help you stay committed.
  • Start slowly.  If you haven’t exercised for a while then start slowly.  Aim for 3 days a week and then build up.  Deciding that you are going to train 7 days a week morning and evening is just setting yourself up for failure.  3 days a week, with a recovery day is a good start, as you feel fitter and recover quicker you can add more days. 
  • Prioritise yourself.  We’re all busy however having time for you is important.  Feeling guilty about leaving the kids for an hour is not going to make it better, realise that you are setting a good example for them, and that you will function better if you do this for yourself.
  • Get support.  Having a partner or friend to support you & encourage you along the way will keep you going.  Be aware of those who want to sabotage your good intentions, they are just envious they can’t do what you are doing. 
  • Accept that there will be set backs.  Nobody is perfect and trying to be perfect will mean you stop, if you get sick or can’t train for some reason, get back to it as soon as possible. 
  • Start now and stop making excuses.  Once you start you will wonder why you didn’t do it before.  Think about how you will feel in 12 months’ time if you give up or don’t start. 
  • Get a trainer, it may cost you a bit of money however you will learn how to train properly, you will have someone to keep you accountable, & there will be someone waiting for you to turn up. 

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