I know we’re in that period where everyone is going exercise crazy, claiming this year it’s a “new me”. You’re apparently going to train 7 days a week full pelt and become a svelte gazelle. Did you also tell yourself that last year??
The thing is, when we use exercise purely for weight loss it becomes a punishment or trade off for food and that is an unhealthy relationship.
There are way more benefits to exercise than weight loss.
Building strong muscles prevents injury and helps to manage chronic pain conditions, back pain etc.and helps to keep you mobile well into old age. Exercise also improves bone health which again you will thank you younger self for when 80 year old you hasn’t succumbed to Osteoporosis.
Exercise is also good for mental health too. It has been proven many times to be effective at helping to manage depression and anxiety, and day to day can help to manage stress levels.
Exercise is a great way to challenge your boundaries, give you something to focus on and improve your confidence.
So instead of falling straight into the pit of all or nothing exercise for weight loss, this year why not train for a an event or challenge and make your exercise routine a training programme for whatever that challenge is.
This takes the focus from how your body looks to how it performs. Putting the hard work into training will make you stronger and fitter, you will achieve things and more than likely feel more confident because of it.
Now you may be the sort that goes full throttle and is now thinking “great I’ll sign up to a marathon “ which is great but if that’s not your bag you can scale the challenge to whatever level you are at.
Maybe you could challenge yourself to walk 7 miles per week every for a year-which could be a mile a day or a long walk at the weekend. Maybe you could aim to climb snowdon, walk some or all of Hadrian’s wall etc. Whatever interests you.
I’m back at Dog Agility which means I’ll probably start thinking about sprint training to help me keep up! I’d never normally entertain that sort of training but as it’s focused on an outcome I want to achieve it means I can see the benefit this sort of training will give me.
So, what are you going to challenge yourself to this year?.