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How to get fit no matter your ability

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You're never too old or too unfit to get healthy. Take it in your stride and use this guide to getting fit, no matter your ability. 

  • Have a goal
  • Make small changes  
  • Be realistic
  • Have a plan
  • Be consistent
  • Enjoy it

 

Have a goal 

Having a goal, or something to aim at, like a sporting event, will keep you focussed. If you jump straight in and do everything, you'll tire yourself out. 

Don't expect to smash your goals immediately; It's okay to get off to a slow start. If you feel overwhelmed by how much you've got to do, change your goal. 

Here are a few goal setting ideas to get you started.

We talk about setting SMART goals in a previous post

 

Make small changes 

Getting healthy starts at home. Identify small opportunities to improve your health. 

  • Take the stairs instead of the lift
  • Walk or cycle to work 
  • Park further away from the door 
  • Do squats while you brush your teeth
  • Pack your gym bag the night before

Small changes might not seem like a big deal, but when they're grouped together, they have a massive impact. 

Don't set yourself up for failure by being unrealistic about your ability. Make a list of small changes you can do right now. 

 

Have a plan

Plan your health and fitness goals so you can track and measure your progress. Use a diary, spreadsheet or your phone and include:

  • your health and fitness goals
  • workout and exercise plans 
  • nutrition and meal plans 
  • your measurements (weight etc.)

If you don't plan, you're less likely to meet your goals. It's a good idea to track and review your progress to see where you've come from. You might not see immediate changes but logging your activities is positive reinforcement. 

 

Be consistent 

Consistency is key if you're serious about getting fit. Intermittent exercise or unorganised workout routines will make it difficult to track progress. And if you can't track your progress, you won't see improvements.

Make it easier to be consistent with these hacks:

  • Be honest about your ability (everyone was a beginner once)
  • Pack your gym bag the night before
  • Prep your meals in advance 
  • Set small daily and weekly goals 
  • Buy a calendar or diary specifically for your fitness goals
  •  Invest in a good pair of trainers and gym kit

 

Enjoy it 

Feeling a bit "meh" about your workout? Switch it up with exercises you enjoy.

If you don't like working out, it'll be hard to keep up the momentum. Check out our workout videos for inspiration.

And it's always fun to work out with a friend. Try these buddy workouts or bring your friend to a fitness class.

 

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