Being physically active, whatever your age, can help you lead a healthier and happier life, giving both immediate and long-term health benefits.
Whilst we may all be aware of the benefits, sometimes starting a new fitness journey can be daunting and far too often people don’t stick at it.
We wanted to share our top 5 fitness mistakes to avoid and help you kickstart the new school year and achieve your fitness goals:
1. Not having a realistic goal
Perhaps your goal is to run a marathon, get back to fitness after pregnancy and childbirth or trading in your ‘dad bod’ for something more akin to Gerard Butler in 300.
Whatever the goal, be realistic about when you’re going to achieve it. Focus on small, achievable wins and the results will come.
2. Not changing your diet
The most common mistake for people who simply aren’t seeing results, is that they throw themselves into exercise without changing their diet.
The key is to focus on the 80% nutrition, 20% exercise rule. Creating a caloric deficit through diet and speeding up your metabolism through exercise, can help you be successful on your weight loss journey.
3. Ignoring rest days
Training everyday might feel productive but if you’re not giving your body a break it won’t have the time it needs to rebuild its muscles, nerves, bones, and connective tissue.
Rest days, despite the misleading nature of the name, are encouraged to be active. Whilst you’re not doing intense training you are still moving and stretching, doing a class like yoga helps to facilitate rest whilst keeping you active.
4. Training like you did when you were 20 (or pre-children)
It is never too late to start exercising. In fact, exercising later in life might just be better for you.
That being said, it is important to listen to your body and start slowly. Older and younger people can achieve the same things but older people have got to work harder to do it!
5. Sticking to the same workout
A common mistake made by both beginners and those with experience is not having enough variety in their exercise regime.
Variety is key, not only to keep you motivated but also from a physiological standpoint. Training should include all key elements such as cardiovascular endurance, strength training, mobility and flexibility.
Whether you’re new to the class or a seasoned athlete, now is a good time to take pause and think about your fitness. Whilst the New Year offers the opportunity for a clean slate, starting your fitness goals isn’t exclusive to January and can be achieved at any time!