Great mind, body all in the plan­ning

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

STRUG­GLING TO FIND YOUR EX­ER­CISE MOJO? HERE’S SOME TIPS FROM PER­SONAL TRAINER SHEL­LEY GOR­MAN TO HELP YOU GET MO­TI­VATED AND STAY EX­ER­CIS­ING.

1. Ex­er­cise For a Rea­son

If you are find­ing it hard to ex­er­cise, find a rea­son, set a goal. Think of some­thing that in­ter­ests you, ex­cites you, and chal­lenges you. Once you start to see and feel the changes from the in­side out, noth­ing will stop you. Try train­ing for a fun run, a mini triathlon or an ad­ven­ture race like Tough Mud­der, Spar­tan or Tough Bloke Chal­lenge. When you com­mit to some­thing or some­one it makes it a lot eas­ier to show up and get the job done

2. Do Some­thing You En­joy

Ex­er­cise doesn’t have to be dif­fi­cult or too hard. It’s not nec­es­sary to go out ev­ery ses­sion and push your­self to break­ing point. Find some­thing that you en­joy, some­thing that you look for­ward to, know­ing that you will feel amaz­ing af­ter­wards. There are so many ways to ex­er­cise, it doesn’t mean you have to be in a gym­na­sium. Do you like to work out alone or in a group, in­doors or out­doors? Do you pre­fer a team sport en­vi­ron­ment? Do you like to dance? Do some­thing that ex­cites you.

3. Fo­cus On The Pos­i­tives

There are so many in­cred­i­ble ben­e­fits from ex­er­cis­ing that en­com­pass our whole well­be­ing, men­tal, spir­i­tual and phys­i­cal. Rather than fo­cus­ing on what’s hard, have a pos­i­tive mind­set, know­ing you will feel so much bet­ter at the end of your ses­sion. I have never ex­pe­ri­enced any­one say­ing that they re­gret­ted the work­out they have just com­pleted. Yes, it can be tough some­times but once you start you will be so glad that you did, guar­an­teed.

4. Don’t Do Too Much Too Soon

When start­ing out on a health kick it is im­por­tant to build a strong foun­da­tion of strength and fit­ness, this does not oc­cur overnight, this hap­pens by a con­sis­tent ef­fort over a pe­riod of time. Too of­ten peo­ple try and do too much too soon and can’t sus­tain the in­ten­sity, and then think it’s all too hard and give up. Make a re­al­is­tic plan when you be­gin, with the mind­set of it be­ing a part of your life for a very long time.

5. Be Con­sis­tent

Con­sis­tency is nec­es­sary when want­ing to achieve any­thing in your life. It is the same with your health and fit­ness, what you put into your body you will get out of it. So if you’re right at the be­gin­ning of your jour­ney, cre­ate a re­al­is­tic plan, sur­round your­self with peo­ple who be­lieve in you and want the best for you, ask for help, un­der­stand that you will have tough days, be con­sis­tent and never give up. It’s ab­so­lutely worth it!

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