Getting back into training after the Christmas/New Year’s break seems like a target for a lot of the population. For everyone, starting is the hardest part. Getting your butt off that couch after eating a lot more during Christmas seems like a massive challenge. But once you do, you will realise how much better you feel day in, day out! There are a variety of ways to get back into training in the New Year both in and out of the gym:
- Set Goals
Goals are one the most important parts of getting back into exercise. Without goals you would be aimlessly walking on the gym floor or treadmill. Goals do not have to massive scary goals. Little goals can help us follow a path to a major target. For example aiming to exercise 3 times this week to help lead to a 6 month goal of 15kg weight loss.
- Find a gym partner
Finding someone to train with, whether it’s a husband, wife or best friend, can boost enjoyment levels during exercise. When training with a partner it will keep you more accountable as you have another person relying on you. It also allows you to combine socialising and exercise (Novotney, 2010). Training with a partner can also alleviate the fear associated with exercising alone as you two are going on the journey together!
- Stay consistent
Consistency is key! There is no way around it. There is no quick fix. The more often you do it the easier it will become. It doesn’t take long to build a new habit. So it won’t be long until exercise becomes a part of your daily routine and you will be on your way to a healthier you!
- Involve the family
If you have a big family and struggle to find that alone time, don’t give up. Involve the family! Take the kids down to the park, go for a walk together or even just kick the footy around. Get the whole family moving and become healthy together!
- Enjoy exercise
The most important part of exercise is to find a type of exercise you enjoy. There are so many different ways to exercise that is doesn’t have to be boring, Give different types a go and see what you like. You won’t know if you don’t try!
Novotney, A. (2010). “Fitting in fitness”. American Psychological Association, January, 36.