WORK­OUT WOR­RIES SOLVED!

10 com­mon ex­er­cise co­nun­drums... and their sim­ple so­lu­tions

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Exercise -

WORK OUT WORRY: I DON’T GET TIME TO EX­ER­CISE

Sim­ple so­lu­tion: “Peo­ple will al­ways find an ex­cuse if they don’t want to do some­thing, whether it be go­ing to the gym or clean­ing the house!” says Trevor Box, Fit­ness Man­ager at Mod­der­shall Oaks Coun­try Spa Re­treat ( www. mod­der­shall oaks. com). “But, if you are se­ri­ous about your health, and you want to feel bet­ter and look bet­ter, then you will find a way.

“Con­sider get­ting up a lit- tle ear­lier and do­ing half an hour of ex­er­cise be­fore you go to work or take the kids to school. Or maybe you could go straight from work to the gym be­fore go­ing home so you avoid the temp­ta­tion of the sofa.

“If your work or school is within walking dis­tance, try leav­ing the car at home. Or, if tak­ing the bus, try get­ting off one stop ear­lier. Once your body is in a rou­tine it will get eas­ier – at first your body will say no way, but JUST DOIT!”

WORK OUT WORRY: I DON’T HAVE THE BUD­GET TO JOIN AGYM

Sim­ple so­lu­tion: “If join­ing a gym is im­pos­si­ble fi­nan­cially, then the great out­doors is free,” says Trevor. “Cave­man- style train­ing has really taken off, as have out­door boot camps us­ing lit­tle or no equip­ment. Also, walking in the coun­try­side is a great ac­tiv­ity – both phys­i­cally and men­tally – and there are some amaz­ing hikes to be done right on our doorstep across the UK.”

WORK OUT WORRY: I STRUG­GLE TO GET MO­TI­VATED

Sim­ple so­lu­tion: “One of the big­gest mo­ti­va­tional tools is a part­ner or friend,” says Trevor. “So, ex­er­cise with some­one, play a sport with them, join a club or go to the gym to­gether – if you think you are go­ing to let them down that’s all the mo­ti­va­tion you will need to get up and go.

“If you can af­ford to in­vest in a per­sonal trainer then one of their main goals will be to keep you mo­ti­vated.”

WORK OUT WORRY: I FEEL EM­BAR­RASSED EX­ER­CIS­ING IN FRONT OF OTH­ERS

Sim­ple so­lu­tion: “This is a com­mon prob­lem, but the more you go to the gym the more this feel­ing will pass,” says Trevor. “To build your con­fi­dence, can you find a gym that is qui­eter than oth­ers? Al­ter­na­tively, try buy­ing a DVD to ex­er­cise to at home un­til you feel more re­laxed about work­ing out in front of oth­ers.

“Swim­ming is a great ex­er­cise for the over­all body and peo­ple will be con­cen­trat­ing on swim­ming rather than look­ing at ev­ery­one else. The other op­tion is to have a per­sonal trainer who can work with you at home or out­side of a busy gym.”

WORK OUT WORRY: I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS HOULD BE WEAR­ING

Sim­ple so­lu­tion: “A trip to the lo­cal sports shop will sort this prob­lem out,” says Trevor. “There are so many brands and styles avail­able on the mar­ket there is bound to be some­thing for ev­ery­one, no mat­ter what their shape or size. Ask the shop staff to ad­vise you on what you will feel com­fort­able in de­pend­ing on what type of ex­er­cise you are go­ing to be do­ing. There are some great brands that of­fer sports cloth­ing that is fash­ion­able and aids per­for­mance. If in doubt, a good old track suit or shorts and a top will be fine and al­ways make sure you have the right shoes to avoid in­jury.”

WORK OUT WORRY: I AL­WAYS GET BORED WHEN EX­ER­CIS­ING

Sim­ple so­lu­tion: “Slog­ging it out on the tread­mill can be bor­ing, so mix it up a bit,” says Trevor. “Try some dif­fer­ent classes – there are so many to try, from box­ing to weights, yoga to pi­lates, or straight car­dio to in­door cy­cling. If you can play a sport with a friend then you won’t have time to be bored. And sim­ply switch­ing around your mu­sic can give you that ex­tra boost if ex­er­cis­ing alone.”

WORK OUT WORRY: I DON’T WANT TO EX­ER­CISE ON MY OWN

Sim­ple so­lu­tion: “Easy! Find a group ex­er­cise class or join a lo­cal run­ning, swim­ming or cy­cling club,” says Trevor. “You can go with a friend, but you will also make new friends there. You will find that peo­ple who ex­er­cise have the same things in mind – they are all work­ing to be health­ier and have an im­proved life­style.”

WORK OUT WORRY: I’M SOUN FIT I FIND IT HARD TO EX­ER­CISE

Sim­ple so­lu­tion: “We all have to start some­where, but do­ing too much too soon with

will only de- mo­ti­vate you,” says Trevor. “Start off with sim­ple forms of ex­er­cise to break your­self into it gen­tly. Try walking and swim­ming, then progress to­wards more en­er­getic types of ex­er­cise when you have at­tained a greater fit­ness level. You will come to the point where you will love go­ing and work­ing out – in fact, it will make you feel so much bet­ter you will won­der why you found it so hard to get go­ing.”

WORK OUT WORRY: I WANT TO TRACK MY PROGRESS, BUT HOW?

Sim­ple so­lu­tion: “First of all you need to fix in your mind what you want to achieve – what is your goal?,” says Trevor. “Then set a pro­gramme in or­der to keep mov­ing to­wards that goal – you can use dif­fer­ent fit­ness apps and web­sites to record your in­for­ma­tion and form a graph to see how you are im­prov­ing.

“Of course you can’t beat a good old pen­cil and note­book to record where you started and where you are go­ing, too. Mon­i­tor weight, mea­sure­ments, body fat, what weights you are lift­ing, plus how fast you can run a cer­tain dis­tance – and then watch your progress...”

WORK OUT WORRY: I WANT TO B EMY OWN PER­SONAL TRAINER, BUT I’M NOT SURE IT’S POS­SI­BLE?

Sim­ple so­lu­tion: “That’s a dif­fi­cult one, es­pe­cially if you don’t have the knowl­edge about train­ing tech­niques and how the body will re­spond to ex­er­cise,” says Trevor.

“How­ever, there are sev­eral phone apps and web­sites that can help by giv­ing you a work­out pro­gramme to fol­low.

“Knowl­edge is the big­gest fac­tor here, so it’s up to you to re­search train­ing tech­niques and nutri­tion so that you can un­der­stand fully what is needed to get re­sults. Train­ing your­self re­quires a lot of self- mo­ti­va­tion, so are you that type of per­son? If not, in­vest in a good per­sonal trainer – you won’t re­gret it.”

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