I always discuss the importance of doing exercise with my clients. Exercising on a daily basis benefits your brain and can help reduce the symptoms of stress.

However, in truth I’ve spent the last couple of years making up excuses for not getting enough exercise. I would tell myself that I walk everywhere, so that should be enough. But in reality, I could easily not leave the house some days. So it was clear that I wasn’t doing the recommended 10 000 steps every day.

I have  gone through periods of going to the gym, but my preferred exercise has always been walking. Unfortunately my weight has been creeping up and I know my waist measurements put me in the higher risk category for type 2 Diabetes.  My husband, Simon, also needed to lose weight, so we both decided to get back on the exercise treadmill again.

Simon has always favored running and I have tried it a few times in the past and hated it. I found it boring and my boobs always hurt. But I thought that I should give it another go. There are some positives to taking up running. It is free, it can be done anywhere and you can easily work around your schedule.  And most importantly, for me, taking up running with Simon will improve my chances of sticking to an exercise regime.

So we started the couch to 5k training. At first it was just horrible.  For the first few weeks I felt like I would never get my head in a positive place. However, by week 6 of the training schedule I actually managed to complete my first 5k Park Run.  And to my surprise I quite enjoyed it! Don’t get me wrong it was hard, but it was also such an achievement. Three months later I am still running and I’m now training to do a 10k run (I’m currently trying to think of an excuse to get out of this one). To top it all I am also losing weight – YAY!

Here are a few things that have helped me get back into exercising again;

  • Buy a good sports bra (if you need one). I eventually found one that worked for me and now I don’t use this as another excuse.
  • Be accountable to or/and exercise with someone else. Simon and I really encourage each other and there is no getting out of training if you have someone looking over your shoulder.
  • Try out different classes and sports to see what you like. If you hate it you won’t be motivated to do it!
  • Find a time of the day that works for you. I feel more like exercising in the morning. I feel tired and less motivated in the evening.
  • If you are a morning person get up earlier and exercise. I do this and either do a run or a walk every day. So I’m hitting the 10000 steps and more on a daily basis! No more excuses….until the weather gets colder that is….
  • Use your phone or a fitness tracker to monitor how many steps you do. This helps to motivate you too.
  • If you fancy taking up running then follow a couch to 5 k plan. This will help you do it gradually and avoid injury. Then think about signing up for Park Run. Doing this organised run on a Saturday morning is really motivating. You don’t even have to run it all. There are lots of people that just walk or run part of the course.
  • To reduce the risk of becoming bored with your walking or running regime, try varying your route, listen to a podcast or put a playlist on your phone that will motivate and uplift you. This has helped me tremendously. Nothing motivates me more than some 80’s rock.
  • Download an exercise app such as Strava ,which will keep a track of your progress and help with accountability.

Let me know if these tips help or if you have some tips of your own that you would like to share with us.

 “Sweat is just fat crying.” Anonymous