Regular Physical Activity: The Key To Achieving Your Ultimate Fitness Goal
There’s a long list of compelling arguments for making physical activity part of your daily routine. For instance, regular exercise can help lessen your chances of chronic disease, keeps anxiety and depression at bay and helps with weight loss. It’s estimated that approximately 35% of coronary heart disease mortality is due to physical inactivity.
For some, the motivation for reaching a certain level of physical fitness may be as simple as a desire to run around with the kids without becoming breathless, while for others it could be the challenge of training for a marathon that drives them. Indeed, for many of us, along with a host of long term health benefits, one of the biggest payoffs for working hard at the gym is achieving that amazing body.
If you’ve consciously committed to becoming more active then you’re part way to achieving your goals already. Nevertheless, one of your biggest stumbling blocks is likely going to be constantly finding ways to sustain that regular physical activity. Whatever your reasons for getting in shape, we have some tips and tricks that will help you implement consistency into your fitness routine and help you achieve those ultimate goals.
Identifying The Barriers
The importance of self-care often takes a back seat to the many other priorities in our life. Family and work, for example, often impact our ability to incorporate physical activity into our daily routine. It’s really important to acknowledge these barriers in order to find a resolution.
Once you’ve identified what currently prevents you from exercising on a regular basis, only then can you begin to think of ways to deal with the problem.
- If it’s a time issue, consider waking up an hour earlier than normal. You might surprise yourself and find it’s the perfect time for a workout.
- Having small children may seem like a deal breaker when it comes to exercise but chances are, your local gym has a great childcare service.
- Sometimes it’s as simple as letting the people around you know that you need support. Explain to friends and family why getting physically fit is an important goal for you, you might even inspire loved ones to get fit too.
- Joining a gym or fitness group can be costly but there are many alternatives out there. In the digital age free workout apps, online support and local fitness groups are a search button away.
Acknowledge Your Goals
Don’t be afraid to acknowledge your fitness goal. Knowing that you want to get fit is one thing but it’s important to have something more specific in mind. Many find having that ultimate goal is absolutely key to achieving success.
- Write down exactly what you want to achieve, even if it seems out of reach, so you can remind yourself of why you’re doing this when you feel unmotivated.
- If you’re thinking about joining a gym or fitness group, talk to your trainer about what you want to achieve. Your goals may seem out of reach but chances are, they are not.
- Break down your ultimate goal into milestones and make sure you reward yourself when you reach them.
- Embrace the fact that where you are right now is not where you will be in 3 or 6 months time and learn to enjoy your fitness journey.
Monitor Your Activity
An activity planner is a great way to keep track of your progress, how you’re feeling, as well as what’s working and what isn’t. It’s also a great way to make sure you’re reaching your target amount and type of exercise. There are some great resources online that help you keep track of your physical activity.
- Target specific areas in different sessions so your body gets a well-rounded workout.
- Make sure you have rest days. Injuries can interfere with your fitness goals and could even cause long term physical damage, without sufficient recovery between workouts.
- While cardio is great, make sure you incorporate strength training into your fitness regimen.
- If you have a trainer organise to have a regular reassessment of your fitness routine to keep you on track and up the ante.
Don’t Get Disillusioned
There’ll be times when you feel like you’re kicking goals and times when everything feels like a struggle. And at some point, you’ll inevitably hit your personal fitness plateau. Right now it’s important to push through and keep doing what you’re doing regards your fitness. You may have setbacks due to illness or injury: Concentrate on recovery and then get back to physical activity slowly, to prevent further issues. Don’t be sabotaged by setbacks.
- If you’ve achieved the fitness level you want but are unhappy with the way you look, consider a consultation with a reputable surgeon. In particular, it can be a challenge to get rid of excess fat rolls on the abdomen after giving birth or turning 40 but there are a variety of tummy tuck techniques to help remedy this.
- You might not think that you’re reaching your goals. Go back and take a look at old photos or read back on your initial fitness plan. This will give you perspective on how far you’ve come.
- Know that everyone becomes disillusioned from time to time. Don’t blow it out of proportion. Maintain your fitness routine and, eventually, these feelings should pass.
- Many medical issues such as muscle separation are not insurmountable and you should seek the advice of a qualified medical practitioner.
Be Adaptable To Change
All too often people get into a comfortable routine that disintegrates at the slightest change. Perhaps the days you go to the gym are no longer convenient or maybe the gym timetable shifts and your favourite class time no longer works for you. Whatever it is, it’s important to be adaptable.
- Home practice is a great option if you can’t get to a class or need to be around the home often.
- Fitness is a great social activity and there are likely groups in your area that train together, so seek them out.
- If you like to do your own thing, a brisk walk with the dog or going for a run are great options and can be done at almost any time of day.
- If you have to travel, take a resistance band along for the journey. It’s something that can be used anywhere and won’t take up room in your suitcase.
The Bottom Line
A good diet and regular exercise are crucial for maintaining optimum health. Combined, they are the epitome of self-care; helping us maintain a healthy weight and a strong body and mind.
While, ideally, a physical fitness routine should be part of our lives from a young age, it’s never too late to start and there’s an activity, or multiple activities, out there to suit everyone. The stats tell are a warning that too many of us are inactive of insufficiently inactive, so take another look at your physical activities this week and ask yourself: did I do enough?