Improving Your Fitness Levels After A Long Break
A recent study found that 75% of Americans feel that staying healthy and in shape is very important. However, the number of people that actually stick to a regular fitness plan is far lower. Only 33% exercise regularly, and 50% of people don’t do any exercise at all. Often people find it difficult to make a fitness regime a habit.
But there is good news! It is never ever too late to get back into fitness or start!!
If you’re coming back to exercise after a break of many years, then it is important to get into a routine that you will love. On average it takes 66 days for something to become a habit, so if you want to improve your fitness levels, you simply have to stick with it.
Back Into Fitness in Small Ways
Smaller changes in your lifestyle are much easier to stick to than big drastic ones. When you start out on your fitness journey, you must make a plan with little steps first. It could be something as small as always taking the stairs at work instead of the elevator, or making the decision to bike to work every day instead of driving. Try parking your car a little further away and do a fast walk to your building. Do you sit at a desk all day? Try tightening that tush for 25 counts or if you are able sit on a stability ball to strengthen that core.
You can also make small changes at home and incorporate them into your fitness routine. Such as:
- do 20 squats every time you’re waiting for that pot to boil
- grab a set of dumbells and do curls during commercials
- do lunges walking from room to room in your home
- skip a step every time you walk up and down the flight of stairs if you have them in your home
Why not try a 30-day abs and arms challenge, gradually building exercise into your daily routine. These small changes would help you to form a healthy habit. It will also show you that starting to exercise regularly doesn’t mean hours at the gym everyday. Even a little bit of exercise every day can make a difference to how you feel.
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Whether you do all of the suggestions or gradually building exercise into your daily routine. These small changes would help you to form a healthy habit. It will also show you that starting to exercise regularly doesn’t mean hours at the gym every day. Even a little bit of exercise every day can make a difference to how you feel. G
Getting Support is Crucial
Having support to help you on your way with your fitness journey can really help you to succeed. It’s not just about having someone that you are accountable to, such as a fitness instructor or a mentor: it is about having something that keeps you going – someone who will raise your enthusiasm. When you first start out getting fit, it may just be a friend that you agree to go for a walk with once a week. It may be that you look at joining a group of people who are all trying together to improve their health and fitness, such as a beginners running group or an amateur swimming club. Exercise can be a lot more fun if it is also sociable too – getting fit doesn’t have to be a serious business, and you can really enjoy spending time exercising with others.
Try different ways to get fit
The key to getting fit and having fun is to vary your exercise program. It is also totally okay that not everyone gets involved with every form of exercise. There are some people who love running, but you dread the thought. Going on a bike ride, however, totally gets you in your happy place.
When you are starting to build up your fitness levels after a break of several years, use it as an opportunity to try new sports and new workouts. Be a little adventurous – give wild swimming a go and be at one with nature. Put on your dancing shoes and give the salsa a try. Try some online Pilates lessons and work on your core strength. Even a good stretch while watching your favorite television program can help you feel energized and get you in gear to do other things. There are lots of different ways to improve your fitness – it doesn’t have to be about slogging it out at the gym.
When you are getting fit again after having a long break, start small and set manageable goals. Have fun trying new ways to exercise, and try to pair up with other like-minded people. This way, you can support each other in improving your fitness together.
About the Author
Jane Sandwood is a professional freelance writer and content manager with over 10 years’ experience across many fields. Her interests are mostly related to fitness and nutrition. Click here for more articles by Jane Sandwood.
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