Chinese New Year has come and gone and with it, our excuse to ignore our fitness and indulge. If you’re finding it difficult to put down the ba kwa and pick up those kettle bells instead, don’t worry, you’re not alone! However there are a couple of ways to get over your motivation slump and hit the gym. Here are a few tips on how to do just that.
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Health tips courtesy of Chung Tze Khit, Managing Director of Gold’s Gym Singapore, and Managing Director of Results! Personal Training (pt.com.sg)
This tip is probably the most important. We often give ourselves many excuses not to get started. Family, friends, work, anything can be used as a reason to put off exercise. However, as we all already know, time flies and before you know it, another month has gone by and no exercise. So do not procrastinate and take that first step – having a healthy meal, heading for your first workout at the gym, making workout plans with a buddy, etc. This is about exercising your willpower and getting into the right mindset.
If you’ve never dietted or gone on an exercise regime before, or it’s just been a long time since you last worked out, set yourself a realistic goal based on your fitness levels. If you have done something like this before, use your previous fitness levels as a gauge, reduce those aims by about 20%-30% and use that as a starting point. If this is your first time on a fitness and diet routine seriously, it might be good to speak to a trainer or nutritionist for advice. Remember it’s most important to get the basics right first and have clear fitness and dietary goals.
Do Something You Love
When you get started, find activities that not only give you the desired outcomes, but which you also enjoy doing. Your plan(s) should feel exciting and motivating, like a fun challenge not a chore. Creating plans that evoke these kinds of emotions and imagery can make the hard work more enjoyable. Try a new class or workout, or get together with a friend who is also looking to get fit.
Listen To Your Body
Remember that exercise ultimately places stress on your body, so it’s important to pay attention to any aches and pains you may experience. Typically, it is normal to feel soreness in your muscles for a few days, especially if you have not worked out before, or in a long time. However, if there are certain aches, or pains that are unusual, do take the time to consult a physician. It takes time to build up your fitness levels, so listen to your body and don’t overdo it.