Three reasons to take your exercise easy this January

We’ve all done it. Sign up to a new gym membership and promise ourselves that this year will be the year we’ll work-out at least five times a week in a bid to be fitter, healthier and undo some of the Christmas fun we’ve enjoyed (perhaps a little bit too much) over the past couple of months.

But sadly, these aims rarely survive the year.  In fact, often they don’t even survive until the end of January!

Why is that? Whether it’s the mounting pressure on us to have a fitness resolution in the first place, setting sky-high goals or a little nagging voice in your head (read: self doubt) ­- going full-steam ahead at the start of a new year to increase our fitness levels can often leave us feeling a bit overwhelmed, burnt-out and unmotivated.

So, I’ve got three reasons for you to exercise at your own speed this year.

You’re more likely to stick to your resolution   

If you go at your own pace, you are more likely to stick to your resolution rather than dread your workout and put it off completely. So set yourself realistic targets and timeframes to achieve them. Afterall, Rome wasn’t built in a day!

You’re more likely to enjoy it

If a 7am spin class sounds more dreary than cheery to you, don’t put yourself through it. Instead, stick to something you love like a team sport you used to play at school or university but haven’t had the time to get back into, or tackle a 5k confidently before you eagerly sign up to that half marathon.

You’re less likely to do yourself a mischief

There’s nothing quite like overdoing it in the gym or fitness class to put you at risk of injury which in turn could set your fitness kick back by a week or two. By taking it steadily, you can increase your exercise load slowly as you get fitter, more confident and stronger. Listen to your body, as you know it better than anyone else, and rest when you need to.

And if you, or someone you know, has hit the gym running (quite literally) and hurt themselves in the process, then why not book an osteopathy appointment to help ease those stresses and strains?

 

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