1. GOALS Set short term, achievable goals
– it’s always more satisfying to over achieve
than under achieve. Tell your friends and family what your
exercise goals are too – it’s a great way to
keep focussed and motivated
FRIENDS Exercise with a friend - it makes the activity
more fun and also provides great motivation
SHOES Invest in a good pair of trainers. They are
the most important piece of kit – supporting your feet
and helping to prevent injuries
HYDRATION Drink plenty of water. When you exercise
you will sweat and as a result your body will become dehydrated.
It’s important that you replenish lost fluids during
and after exercise
HAVE FUN Choose activities that you really enjoy.
There are so many different ways to exercise - going to the
gym, swimming, cycling, tennis, dance classes or just brisk
walking in the park. If you have fun while you work out you
are more likely to stick with it
DIARY Make a note of your workouts in a diary in
the same way you do for other activities in your life. Plan
the number of times a week you are going to exercise in advance
and work it around your everyday routine
BE REALISTIC Don’t try to do too much too soon.
Start slowly and build up gradually
MEET THE PROFESSIONALS Book in for regular appointments
with a fitness professional. They will make sure that your
workout program develops with your improving level of fitness
REWARDS Give yourself rewards and encouragement
for your achievements10.
STICK WITH IT! Don’t give up. Some days exercise will
be tough but keep sight of your goals and remember all the
health benefits of leading an active lifestyle
CONSISTENCY The name of the game is to be consistent.
It's a marathon not a sprint so slow and steady wins the