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How to fall back in love with exercise

How to fall back in love with exercise By Ross Andrews, Fitness Coach at Body Be Well Have you fallen out of love with exercise? Do you remember when you were a child and play was...

How to fall back in love with exercise

How to fall back in love with exercise
By Ross Andrews, Fitness Coach at Body Be Well

Have you fallen out of love with exercise?

Do you remember when you were a child and play was about fun? Do you remember running with your friends in the schoolyard?

Most people have forgotten the great feeling they once received from regular exercise, as they now perceive exercise as a chore, or even punishment!

The point I'm trying to make here is before we knew it as ‘exercise’, we called it ‘play’. This is of course when we were children, and couldn't wait for the bell to ring so as we could all run out of the classroom and play, whether it be on the monkey bars or chase our classmates in the school yard.

So, when did it all change?

When we were children it was not about ‘calories in’ and ‘calories out’, or to feel the ‘burn’ to get those elusive ‘buns of steel’.

As we got older we stopped looking at the world through the innocent eyes of a child, and stopped thinking of exercise or play as fun. Adult responsibilities took over, and for some, finding ‘their place’, took precedence.

I have been lucky as for me, playing sport has never been a chore but rather a source of great enjoyment physically and mentally, not to mention the friendships I’ve formed.

Here are six easy tips to help you find your love of exercise again.

1. FIND AN EXERCISE THAT YOU ENJOY PARTICIPATING IN. There are countless options out there. You don't need to go to a gym and smash your body to the point of exhaustion achieve the benefits of regular exercise. The most important part of exercise is that it’s regular, not about the pain level. So if you enjoy walking start then once you start, challenge yourself by changing location so a bush walk or join a walking group in your area.

2. START EXERCISING WITH A FRIEND. Or even better, a group of friends, as this no longer makes exercising hard and lonely but triggers our inner child. Remember it’s not always about the gym, so seek an exercise that excites.

Exercising with like-minded people will increase your chances of creating a habit, and makes everyone accountable to turn up. Endorphins such as dopamine, the feel good hormone, are released – now that isn’t too bad?!

3. SET REALISTIC GOALS. Exercise is important when it comes to weight loss, but when we focus solely on this outcome, and combine this with unrealistic goals, we leave ourselves open to failure which eventually leads to a hatred and resentment of exercise. Be realistic in your goals, and focus on the other benefits of exercise such as improved energy and sleep, better mobility and happiness.

4. START SMALL, AND BUILD UP. It's not easy making time in our busy schedules, so keep things at a manageable level. While it would be great for everyone to exercise for an hour a day sometimes this is not realistic, so 20 minutes of exercise that you enjoy, three times a week is going to make you a lot happier than not making it to one longer session, leaving you feeling guilty.

5. FIND A TRAINER FOR YOU. If you are going to use the services of a personal trainer or other health professional, find one that suits your personality and has a wide range of training styles to keep things interesting. Some people like a trainer who is going to bark orders at them and others prefer a softer approach. Always make sure they are qualified and insured.

6. DON’T BE SCARED TO FIND SOMETHING NEW! Think about an activity that has been buried in the back of your mind that you have always wanted to do, but have never got around to it. It could be rock climbing, paddle boarding, or even adult ballet classes. Whatever it is, give it go as it might just be the exercise or playtime that you've been looking for.

So go and make your exercise time fun, and you will fall back in love with it and all the other great benefits will soon follow. Good luck!

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Ross Andrews and Diana Tencic believe that eating well and exercising well are key to healthy, strong bodies. Their business ‘Body Be Well’ combines both food coaching and personal training in one location, to help you achieve your goals in a holistic manner. Diana, who has a love of food and fitness (in that order!) is passionate about helping people realise their goals, through establishing food, fitness and health targets that work for you, and devising manageable steps to meet these. Nourish Melbourne Members save with Body Be Well. Not a Member? Find out more here.