It starts on a Monday. You’re driving to work and see the newly motivated individuals running on a cold, wet miserable morning.
They’re jogging along the pavement in an attempt to finally do something about the weight they’ve accumulated over the last few months season (or usually years of neglecting fitness).
However, within a short number of weeks the numbers pounding the pavements dramatically reduces to only re-appear in the spring time when the embarrassment of last year’s summer holiday photos comes back to remind them that they actually need to do something!
I completely feel for these individuals. Not only will the majority go through physical hell, but they’ll also more than likely suffer the disappointment of little or no results following their big health push. One word comes to mind: torture!
Here are five tips to starting a new exercise regime, but without the physical and emotional torture:
1. Get professional advice – Unless you’re a motor mechanic, you wouldn’t service your own car. For less than the price of an average car service, you can get expert advice on your own body’s strengths, weaknesses and a detailed plan on what to do about it.
2. Take small steps – If you spend most of your day at a desk or work inside then get outside for a 20-30 minute walk (preferably in nature) each day. This is a great early start to getting fitter.
3. Quit jogging & running – these produce little long-term results and, for most people over the age of 40, doing these types of exercise can actually compound any existing injuries.
Instead, try swimming or working with swiss ball exercises: when correctly done, they can both produce great results that will strengthen the entire body.
4. If working out at a gym – keep away from the ‘fixed weight’ machines. These are the ones that you usually sit down on and split the body into muscle groups. They’re designed for body builders and have little, if any, functional carryover to every day activities.
Instead, get proficient with the old fashioned free weights or body weight exercises, and ask for help from someone who is qualified in what they are doing.
5. Join a class – BUT when you’re choosing a fitness class if there are more than 10 in a class with only one instructor then the quality of instruction is greatly compromised. This will also greatly increase the risk of injury to class members.
Keep away from the boot camp or Cross Fit type approach, unless you’ve been cleared and have experience with this type of demanding exercise.
Having been through boot camp with the British Army myself, this is the ideal training for soldiers to prepare them for the rigours of war. It isn’t for regular people who want to lose weight and tone up.
Want to experience how it should be done?
Head through to this page about personal training in Chorley and how we help individuals lose weight once and for all.