Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope your year is off to a great start so far and that you’re all staying safe amid this pandemic. As we talked about on Monday, the New Year is when people often start or recommit to an exercise program.
It’s important for us to remember, though, that if we’ve been sedentary, it’s not a good idea to jump in with both feet and increase our activity too much too quickly.
As I’ve mentioned before, when I worked in the fitness clubs I saw this all too often. The club would be packed in January – we really had to be flexible when training our clients because so often, we couldn’t even get to some of the equipment or weights we needed due to the number of people there. By March, though….. crickets.
There are several reasons for that: motivation wanes, injuries occur from trying to do too much, too fast, or people find it’s just too hard to continue at the level they first started at, so they give up. And of course, there’s always the ‘results’ component – if people don’t see results right away, they become discouraged and quit.
Getting more exercise doesn’t mean we have to be killing ourselves at the gym. It can simply mean finding ways to move more throughout the day. Once we start moving more, we can build onto that and start adding in some traditional exercise a little bit at a time.
With that in mind, let’s take stock of where we are with our movement and how we can increase it.
This week, let’s ask ourselves:
Starting small and building on is what allows us to be successful long-term. Here at Reclaiming HOPE, we’re all about building our wellness throughout the rest of our lives. That means finding things that work for our individual circumstances and that we can sustain over many years to come. That’s what’s going to help us make the most of the rest of our lives.
Do you enjoy exercise, or is it something you only do because you know it’s good for you? What do you find most helpful in moving more? Please share!