Being healthy is as much about eating nutritious food as it is about exercising regularly. Honestly, I find it very difficult to motivate myself to workout during Winter. As the weather get warmer and brighter this is the time of the year I get reminded I need to get back into a manageable fitness routine.
In order to get back on track, I have this year again signed up for the Blenheim Triathlon. I had a great time last year, and this June my girlfriends and I are cracking it up a notch with a Sprint triathlon. Graham has also signed up. Nice to have a couple goal 🙂 .
Triathlon might sound a bit extreme but I assure you that I am no elite athlete. This is a goal to work towards and it does help my motivation. I enjoy the training, finding the combination of swimming, cycling and running a good balance for my body. Triathlon is not something I expected to take on in my 40s but here I am and I totally recommend it.
If you are finding it hard to get back into your exercise and fitness routine, here are some tips that can help:
- SIGN UP FOR A CHALLENGE: all right triathlon might not be your thing but still, there are plenty of events out there which enable you to workout regularly towards a tangible goal. Try a charity walk, an organised run or a bike ride.
- UPDATE YOUR WARDROBE: is your sportswear looking past its best? Maybe it’s time to invest into some new clothes that will make you look good and feel good. Personally I like bamboo sportswear and yoga clothes. Bamboo is a breathable material which is ideal for performance wear.
- GET A WORKOUT VIDEO: not having time is always an excuse for not exercising. Set up the alarm clock 30mins earlier to make time for an exercise video in the comfort of your own home. Some of my personal favourites include Gaiam – A.M. Yoga For Your Week, Zumba or 10 Minute Solution – Target Toning.
- TEAM UP WITH A FRIEND OR ENLIST A PERSONAL TRAINER: motivation can be hard to find on your own, scheduling a regular walk / run with a friend or enlisting the help of a personal trainer could certainly spark your enthusiasm.
- PAY AS YOU GO GYMS: unsure if you want to commit to a monthly gym contract just yet? Try a Pay-As-You-Go scheme instead such as Pay As U Gym, Easy Gym or The Gym.
- KEEP YOUR GOALS REALISTICS: if you have been sloughing on the couch over the past few months, trying to exercise all of the sudden 5 times a week is not going to last. Keep it manageable. As your stamina and fitness improve, you will find it easier to workout more often.
- HAVE FUN & ENJOY: if you hate running what’s the point of aiming for bi-weekly runs? Choose sports you enjoy, break the monotony by having a range of options to choose from and most importantly don’t forget to have fun!
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