As a personal trainer in Bondi for the past 12 years, I think it’s safe to say I’ve heard every excuse under the sun for not being able to exercise.
“I just don’t like exercising”
“I’ve never felt an endorphin rush during exercise so clearly I’m not meant to do it”
“I hate running and playing sport…and all exercise really”
“I really don’t enjoy it so it’s not a priority for me”
“I’ve hurt my knee/back/shoulder/arm/left toe/pinky finger and so my dr told me I can’t do any exercise”
Or, my favourite one, “I’m not fit enough to exercise”
That one always makes me laugh – because the only way you’re going to get fitter is to do some exercise!
Before I give you my top tips for how to easily fit exercise into your life, here are 5 reasons you need to exercise. You probably already know them – but I’m hoping that if you’re reminded why exercise is important, you’re more likely to just do it (Nike were definitely onto something when they came up with that slogan!)
5 reasons you need to exercise:
- Exercise helps get blood pumping around your body. Yes, that’s the role of your heart, but doing exercise that gets your heart rate up and heart beating faster, helps your cardiovascular system to work better which also helps to reduce your cholesterol levels and keep your heart happy
- Exercise helps build stronger muscles and stronger bones. After the age of 30, your muscle mass starts to decrease and the only way to maintain it is by doing some type of strength training.
- Exercise is good for your mood as your body releases endorphins when you exercise, making you happy. It’s also really great for clearing your head, when you feel like there’s a lot going on in there!
- Exercise helps improve your posture, allowing you to stand taller and reduce back pain. Sitting at a desk hunched over a computer, constantly texting and looking down at your phone or carrying kids around are all things that can affect your posture and contribute to neck and back pain. Stretching and strength training are both effective forms of exercise that can help improve the way you sit, stand, walk and even sleep!
- Exercise helps relieve stress and is an important part of self care. Taking time out for yourself to move in a way that makes you happy can help reduce your stress levels and make you better able to deal with the major stress in your life.
Okay, now that you know why you need to exercise, here’s 3 easy ways to fit exercise into your life:
- Schedule it in – if you schedule exercise in like an appointment in your diary, you’re more likely to stick to it and make it happen. Schedule in a class or if that’s too much, start with scheduling just 5 minutes.
- Start with 5 minutes – studies are showing that consistent short bursts of activity can be just as effective (if not more!) then a longer session. Start with just 5 minutes one day…then do two separate 5 minute sessions the next day…and keep building up slowly so that you don’t even notice the exercise in your day, and before you know it, it will become habitual.
- Exercise with a friend – I love this tip the best…because I know that if I’ve made a time to workout with a friend, I’m not going to let her down. Text a friend to ask if they’d like to go for a walk or a swim or even schedule in a class together! You’re less likely to flake out on your exercise session…and an added bonus is a catch up session with your friend while you exercise!
I’d LOVE to know how you’re going to fit exercise into your busy day – if you’re part of my Facebook group It’s Mum’s Turn, you’ll know that this is the topic for today, so you can share how you’re exercising over there – otherwise, hit reply and let me know what resonated with you most in this newsletter and when exactly are you going to exercise this week?
To being fit and having lots of energy,