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THE FIX

Keeping Active and Getting Back on Track with Fitness


Keeping Active and Getting Back on Track with Fitness


  "Falling in Love with Exercise"

Being healthy, fit, looking and feeling great is a natural desire for most of us humans, but it needs commitment and consistency. Our ambition is not for you to be scared and fearful, but but motivated. Priorities indeed change over a lifetime, albeit via a work, lifestyle, social and family changes and commitments. You may have children, taking care of fiery teens, being a social, travelling butterfly or an individual with work high on the agenda. It really can be anything that makes us stop exercising or following our fitness routine, leaving us to feel less energised, perhaps unhealthy and often quite unlike our best selves.

We recommend your own health and wellbeing to be your number one priority and all else can fall in place accordingly. This may sound like a sweeping statement, but we have found consistently, without exception, that when an individual prioritises themselves, not only are they happier and healthier in their own life and within themselves, but it benefits those around them as well.

If you have fallen off your fitness wagon or are brand new to fitness, no worries. Just the mere fact that you are reading this article means that you are on the right track to begin or get back to training as soon as possible.

January is the renowned time to welcome new beginnings, setting intentions for the year and starting afresh. Whilst this year certainly looks a little different, leaning into an active and healthful lifestyle can make profound shifts within our mind-set and promote positive health, including mental health and wellbeing.

No matter where in the year we are when you are reading this, every day is the opportunity for a new beginning.  Below, we have put together a few simple steps to guide you on your fitness and wellness journey.

First thing's first:

Find Something that You Love

It is important to find an exercise that you actually enjoy. Find something that you genuinely have fun participating in. If you hate running, don’t commit to it. Exercise includes a vast range of activities from yoga, to netball, to mountain climbing, walking, football, Tai Chi, dance and many more. You just have to find your niche.

Define your Why

Knowing and holding onto your why can keep you motivated through un-motivating times.

Make a plan

A great step to embedding and exercise routine into your life is making a firm plan and committing to it. The feeling and desire to stay fit and healthy should come from within you. We HIGHLY recommend that your SOLE desire is not to fit into old clothes. Whilst all wants are valid and this can be motivating, we recommend self loving drivers. You are beautiful at any size. A deeper aim could stem from life nourishing wants and desires that will add years to your life and life to your years. Remain active, healthy, energised and inspired by self love.

Consistency Over All Else

Once you have found an exercise that you enjoy, commit to exercise at least three times per week. Small, consistent steps have the power to create significant change.

Take Baby steps

It is not necessary to over push yourself in a way that is not loving or beneficial to you body. You don't have to spend a dragging, long, straight hour into a gym or exhaust yourself on the very first day on the treadmill. Instead, listen to your body.  It will guide you.  It is okay, more than okay- fantastic to start with a fifteen minutes' walk, take a few squats or whatever is right for you, your body and your personal joys. Taking small but dedicated steps can make the game interesting for you.

Find Time

"I don't have the time" is one the biggest hurdles on the road to fitness. We understand that changing priorities like those discussed above, can put constraints on your time,  but taking time out for you can also benefit your loved ones as a healthy mother, partner, employee or employer. Steal minutes from your routine, a few minutes from Facebook, Instagram can be a great place to start.  These minutes can bring a more positive change in your life when you spend them on your wellbeing.

Ease in

The first few day's soreness is inevitable after getting back to exercise routine. The goal should be not to stop by the fatigue. Keep moving, maybe a few steps of walking, several squats or yoga but DO NOT quit.  You will get into the natural, fun and fulfilling flow in no time at all.

Like-minded souls

Try to find someone like you. Group motivation or a support bubble can work well. Sometimes you need a person who can be a support when you are low or wanting to quit. Be pillars for each other.  It is also fine if you, like many prefer using exercise as "me time".  There is no one size fits all. 

It's ok to have a day off.

Do not over exert yourself with the thought of exercising every day. If for any reason you had to skip or were not able to make the workout, simply come back the next day. Do not break the routine with long gaps.

Relax into Rest Days

Rest days are just as important as exercise days themselves. Here is where the magic happens, giving the body the time to heal, repair muscle and grow. Rejuvenation and rest for the body and the mind are of equal importance to work and exercise. Balance is key.

See Exercise as an Act of Self-care

Exercise should not feel like punishment. Consuming nourishing foods and exercising can benefit your body in all sorts of ways. See your decision to exercise as an act of love, gratitude and thanks towards your body.

These are a few amendments and resolutions that you can make for yourself and bring an enhanced change in your fitness levels. But again, the magic is in your commitment and we wish you all the very best on your fitness journey. 

 

We hope that you enjoyed your daily Fitness Fix. 
With love, Beautifully Nourished x 
Dr Ayesha Gulzar, PharmD, Doctor of Pharmacy, Research and Medicine
Editor and Founder: Katherine Elyse Blake, BSC Nutrition, ANutr

 

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