Make time for exercise
This is my last article for 2022. Looking back at this year navigating through the pandemic, it may feel that your fitness was pushed to the back burner or that you did not move as much as you wished. But it is important to know that it is OK. With every new year comes a chance to reset and refresh your fitness goals.
Here are six pieces of advice to help with your inspiration to get things moving in 2023!
E is for effort
The importance of exercise as we age heightens. This does not mean you need to run a marathon or participate in a Tough Mudder race. Effort has to be put in daily to relax the brain, to release stress in our bodies and to bask in the flow of endorphins.
Pick up the right gear
Many new year’s resolutions centre around being more active. However, having the right gear that supports our activities can help prevent injuries and keep you on track for your goals. Make sure to visit the shoe store that supports the activities that you pursue.
Check your shoes that you wear now and make sure to replace shoes or inserts when they show signs of wear or have surpassed the recommended number of hours or mileage. And don’t ignore foot or ankle pain. Check in with your podiatrist or healthcare provider to avoid any injuries that could complicate things further.
I was speaking to my sister-in-law this weekend about working out. She said it was not about a new year’s resolution for her, it was about being committed and continuing the journey of exercise for ever.
One of the easiest things to do when it comes to exercise is to find a reason why we cannot do it. But try not to talk yourself out of it. If you lack motivation, take a moment to refocus and reflect on how you feel mentally and physically after your workout. Assess yourself before and after and write it down. Then look at it the next time your motivation is wavering.
Feeling over looking
Before we slip into 2023 let’s focus on short-term goals of how you want to feel over your aesthetics. When your focus is only on the outward advantages of exercise rather than the health benefits, these goals tend to evaporate.
Value your time
I talk to clients all day about exercise and its importance. The excuse widely used is “I don’t have time” or “I’m too busy”. But let’s think about it like this. What if Alex from marketing wanted to meet you next Tuesday for 30 minutes? Most people would definitely take the meeting. I then let them know that if you can make time for someone else, you definitely should make time for yourself. Be wise with your time. Schedule an appointment with yourself in the same way you would accept an appointment with Alex.
Listen to your body
While this entire article is mainly about making exercise your top priority, knowing when to rest or modify an exercise is just as important as pushing yourself through your workout. Rest days, active recovery and plenty of stretching in your training regime can help you avoid overtraining and injury.
Looking forward to 2023!
Have a great Holiday Season and B-Active For Life!
• Betty Doyling is a certified fitness trainer and figure competitor with more than a decade of experience. Look for B. ActiveForLife on Facebook