Updated: Jul 6, 2021
Regular exercise boosts energy levels to help us feel and look better. It reduces health risks, improves our mood and even makes us smarter.
Being active is simple. All we need to do is get moving so we can be a better version of ourselves and live our best lives.
But what if it isn’t so easy?
Getting on with it can be tough, and rebuilding after an ugly relationship is exhausting.
The struggle is real…
Oftentimes, we don't look any different to anyone else, but feel like our body’s fuel light is flashing on empty.
When we’re busy looking after everything else, starting an exercise regime can leave us feeling guilty. When we’ve lost our fitness, skill and self-belief, beginning a more active life is difficult.
Finding the time, energy and money to get fit can be overwhelming. Getting it done when we’ve lost our mojo is a challenge.
Dare yourself to start again anyway…
Accept where you’re at and what you’ve been through. Be kind to yourself. Embrace where you are in life, even if it’s not what you expected.
It’s ok if you can’t find the time, or if you feel sick and are afraid to start over. It’s ok if you can’t run like you used to, afford gym classes anymore or if your leggings don’t even fit!
To begin your fit life, there’s no better place to start than the spot you’re in. Get creative and blend exercise into your everyday life.
Take the washing in, then walk back to the line once more before you step inside. Touch your toes between stacking piles of dishes away. Dance the floor clean while vacuuming, with your favourite music cranked up loud. Swing your hips as you dust and wipe. Park at the other end of the carpark when you go shopping. Do your neighbour a favour and drag their bins back to their gate too.
Double dare yourself...
Reminisce back to your childhood and dare to retry something you once loved. Remember hopscotch,
marbles, shell collecting, bike riding, jump rope or even flying a kite? You could pass this fun on to your own kids and teach them a skill or two.
A little extra effort goes a long way.
Smile good morning to passers-by as you enjoy an outdoor walk. Cheer yourself on as you grind to the top of a hill on your bike. Enjoy coffee at a café you find by exploring a different suburb on foot.
There’s support in numbers. Be brave and join an active community group or team with a common goal for extra fun and encouragement.
Keep in mind that it gets easier each day. Focus on the positives to keep yourself motivated. Enjoy the improvements like a happier mood, better sleep and healthier relationships.
It doesn’t have to be difficult. Daring to start a fit life is enough.
You are enough and you are worth it.
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