Set an achievable goal
Setting goals gives us a direction to follow – and something to look forward to when things seem difficult. It’s important to set goals which are achievable for you. Keep in mind you can also set more goals down the track once you’ve accomplished them. Try setting short- and long-term goals, for example:
- Short Term: In the next two weeks, I will work my way towards walking for 15 minutes each day
- Long Term: In 6 months, I will attend 3 exercise classes each week
Start Slowly And Go From There
The key to maintaining your exercise habits is to build slowly from your current fitness level. This is especially important as we age, to gradually build up muscle and strength. Over-exercising can lead to injury and muscle soreness – which may discourage us from continuing.
Our top tips?
- Start with low intensity programs such as Tai Chi or Gentle Yoga
- Warm up before you exercise and cool down afterwards with gentle stretches, even if it’s just a walk around the block
- Pace yourself: if you have not exercised in a while, start with a 5-minute walk and add 2 minutes every second day
- Make sure you stay hydrated! Drink before, during and after exercise
Choose exercise you enjoy
It might seem simple – but actually enjoying the exercise you are taking part in is critical to making it a habit.
Not sure what form of fitness you like?
- Ask yourself if you prefer exercising in a group or alone, outdoors or in a class, with music or without
- Shoot for variety – tick off something for endurance (walking, dancing), strength (lifting water bottles), balance (Tai Chi), and flexibility (Yoga).
- Try out something new – call us for a free trial of one of classes to see what you think
Talk to your doctor, physio or health professional
Make sure you check in with your health professional before embarking on a new program. Your health professional can guide you on key areas of your health to target, such as reducing blood pressure. This can help you to set your goals and choose your fitness types.
This article is for informational purposes only. This article does not replace medical advice. Consult your local medical authority for advice.