Back on your feet

10 Steps to Getting Back on Your Feet

  1.  Start small. A walk around the back yard or to the end of the street could be the trick. If you already do some form of exercise, push it a little further next time.
  2.  Be consistent. If you cease exercising regularly your body can relapse into a sedentary state quite quickly, and since you’ve become accustomed to burning fat, you may find that you gain weight more rapidly when you stop exercising. So keep up the good work and don’t give up!
  3. Do things you enjoy. Bush walking, beach walking, bowling, tennis, cycling – whatever it is, make sure you’re enjoying getting in shape! Not only will you feel happy and invigorated, but you’re also more likely to continue exercising. Exercise shouldn’t be a chore; make it a social activity you look forward to.
  4. Get equipped. Equipment for light-medium exercise like Cuff Weights and Pedal Exercisers are a safe and handy way to keep you rolling on your path to good health. Sometimes, just having exercise equipment around acts as the motivation you need to keep going. And let’s face it: not every day is a nice day for a walk in the park. Investing in a piece of exercise equipment or two will keep you going on those rainy days.
  5. Connect. Exercise is a great way to connect with people who have similar interests to you and is a solid ground for new friendships. Exercise will keep you meeting people and meeting people will keep you exercising.
  6. Eat well. Good nutrition will provide your body with the fuel it needs to keep going. It sounds obvious, but it is important to remember that eating the wrong foods, or eating too little while exercising could be detrimental to your health. So make sure you drink plenty of water for hydration and consume a balanced diet with lots of fresh produce.
  7. Breathe, stretch and warm up. Warming up, stretching and warming down before and after each workout will help you avoid injury. During exercise try to keep a steady breath, exhaling for twice as long as inhaling. If you suffer from breathing problems, make sure you speak to your doctor before beginning any tough exercise.
  8. Go easy on yourself. Pushing yourself too hard in the early stages of exercise can be dangerous, especially if you are moving from a sedentary lifestyle to an active one. If this is the case, be sure to talk to your doctor or healthcare professional about the best way to approach progressing into your new lifestyle. Equally, it is important to maintain a healthy attitude towards your exercise regime. Judging your progress too harshly or putting yourself down can deter you from exercising altogether. So try to keep your long term goals in mind and don’t get too caught up about minor slip ups along the way.
  9. Plan exercise time into your life. Sometimes exercise is a spontaneous thing, like a brisk walk to the shops. But you can’t rely on it to fall into place like this all the time. Planning some time for exercise each day will mean that other activities and chores don’t get in the way.
  10. Reward yourself. Regular exercise comes with its own built-in rewards: you feel invigorated, healthy and gain energy and vitality. But on days when motivation is running low, a healthy incentive can’t hurt. Reward yourself with a healthy treat of your choosing – whether it’s a nice cup of warm tea, a trip to the movies or a relaxing massage, make sure it’s something desirable enough to keep you going.

Focus on what you can do, not what you can’t.