Pain v Gain; getting started!

A New you in the New Year! If you are keeping to your resolutions then well done and congratulations, however, more often than not, people for whatever reason relapse or don´t even get started. So what can be done about this? Don´t panic it´s normal behaviour old habits die hard, and as the cliché goes “no pain no gain”.

Getting started in exercise training may at first appear a daunting even embarrassing experience. Finding the motivation to go for a run or visit the gym may be difficult if you're not used to regular exercise. However, to feel the health and fitness benefits of exercise, it's important to keep going.

 

Let´s get FITT!

Once you’ve decided what exercise activity you want to do, you need to think about the FITT principle, which is an acronym that stands for:

Frequency (how often you are going to do your exercise training)

Intensity (how hard you are going to work at your exercise)

Time (how long you will exercise for)

Type (the type of activity)

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A question I get asked all the time; how often should I train / exercise?

In a real world it would be great if you could exercise five times a week, but let´s be realistic, with today’s busy work schedules and modern technology wanting us to webinar with someone from Outer Mongolia time is to a premium, therefore three times a week would show some significant results in the short term depending on intensity. I have heard so many say that I go to the gym and still not see results, but how hard are you willing to push yourself. It is so easy to reach that plateau but moving past it seems difficult for some. So, motivation is the key, you need to go past that cosy area and push up that weight and run that little further, yes here´s that cliché mentioned many times by Jane Fonda, “no pain no gain”!

Reward yourself! Set small goals for yourself and enjoy a small reward when you meet goal points along the way.

And don´t forget, allow yourself a slip up or two. A few small mistakes or setbacks are only natural. Don’t let them derail the long-term goal. Shrug them off and try again the next day.

Determination + Effort = Success

Mitch

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