It’s never too late to start moving your body and achieving optimal health. By exercising you will feel energetic, strong and motivated. Exercising can be tough for some though, for different reasons. Can you relate?
There are many reasons why people struggle to exercise. Whether it be a time constraint, an injury or illness or just not feeling motivated to do so. Below we have some great tips that tackle these reasons, and more. Read on…
What’s Stopping You From Moving?
If you’re suffering from one of the following health issues below, read on to see what type of exercise will suit you.
If you are waking up in the morning feeling sluggish, or finding it hard to concentrate at work after lunch, it sounds like fatigue is becoming a problem. Having your B vitamins, iron and CoQ10 levels checked is important.
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Exercise can be difficult for those suffering fatigue as it is hard to get started, but if you commit to getting up a little bit earlier and pushing yourself to do a small amount of exercise you will in fact have more energy in the long run.
- Set your alarm and get up 30 minutes earlier
- Have a big glass of water
- Walk for 10 minutes down your street, then 10 minutes back
- Try to go a little further each time
One day your walk may turn into a power walk, which may turn into a light jog. After only three or four days your joints will be limber, your muscles relaxed and your blood will be pumping to the brain, delivering the nutrients it requires for energy.
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We strengthen our bones by using the muscles around them.
- Try lifting light weights, as well as using your body weight to climb stairs
- Find a YouTube video on how you can begin a simple weights session from your own home
When you go to bed at night and find it hard to fall asleep, consider this – have you moved your body enough today to have expelled your excess energy?
The body was designed to move, and if you don’t get your blood pumping each day, even for as little as 20 minutes, your brain will not like the idea of sleep.
- Take a walk after dinner, it will help you digest your food and get your body and brain ready for sleep
Our skin is the largest organ of the body and it does a wonderful job of removing toxins. But this can only happen effectively if we drink enough water and sweat.
Any physical activity that raises our heart rate will make us sweat. Bike riding, aerobics, a brisk walk or skipping is a quick way to get the heart rate up. Raising our heart rate will help with weight loss and keep our cardiovascular system healthy.
- Text a friend and arrange a time to meet and do something active
- Take a look at the local gyms, rock climbing centres, public pools or bushwalking clubs
SET A GOAL & REAP THE REWARDS
Having goals is a great way to motivate yourself to exercise. Your goal can be anything from walking your dog five days a week, to climbing a mountain in the Himalaya. Or if you’re stuck, follow the goals mentioned above.
When you accomplish your goal, you will feel accomplished, successful and motivated to do even more.
HOT TIP: you could include a reward for achieving your goal. For example, if you walk your dog 5 days in a row you reward yourself with an hour massage!
Make moving your body a priority and reap the rewards!