As the end of February is in sight, so too, are a lot of people's New Year's Resolutions, in fact, many will have already fallen by the wayside - a fact that may, in effect, be making many of us feel worse about ourselves already!
It was only a few weeks ago that you decided to make a resolution, so what's changed during that time?
You got bored? Too expensive? You've been ill? Too little Time? The list of reasons (or excuses) can be endless, but so too can the list of reasons to NOT give up.
Bored? Perhaps whatever you've chosen to do to improve your life isn't right for you - did you start running only to find that it hurts too much or you get too out of breath? Maybe a more gentle, lower impact exercise option, like power walking or swimming might be a better option? An aerobics class may be too structured/loud/demanding, whereas a game of badminton with friends (or a club) might be a better idea. If it's not ticking all your boxes, then find something else that will.
Too Expensive? Chances are if this is the reason, it's because you've opted to join a gym or classes that you're just not using. Why spend money when you really don't need to? There are many parks and open spaces that can be used for playing sports free of charge, walking, running, cycling, roller skating, and if you don't want to be outdoors, there are so many YouTube videos available for all sorts of fitness to do at home, from 5 mins to an hour or more per class, that money needn't be a problem. Use bottled water or tinned food cans instead of weights - just make sure you warm up, stretch and cool down too, to prevent injury.
Illness? This can certainly be more tricky, and depending on your particular type of illness, may be a very valid reason to stop pursuing a resolution, particularly if it's exercise related. On the other hand, if it's a stop smoking or stop drinking type of commitment, then you definitely shouldn't give up trying to improve your life as any illness will improve if you strive to achieve these goals. I used to smoke quite heavily, and for me, it was the idea of the improvements that my body was feeling within just 24 hours of my last cigarette, that kept me going. 15 years ago, I had a piece of paper to remind me, but perhaps an article like this will help you today. Oh, and one more thing - you're not quitting (negative - implies you still want to be doing it), you're stopping (a positive, decisive action)
Too little Time? If only we could all have a few extra minutes or hours in a day, just to do the things we WANT to do, as opposed to those we have to do. The trick here, is good time management - something that doesn't come naturally to all people. There are many 5 minute fitness ideas / videos etc. available nowadays - it's all about the HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) - less is more idea. Something as simple as doing some knee lifts, squats or wall presses whilst you're waiting for the kettle to boil for example, could make a difference to your muscles and tone if done regularly. (How much time do we waste waiting for a kettle to boil, or watching pointless adverts during TV programs?) Get up, get a bit of movement going and hopefully you'll feel a difference in no time at all. If that all sounds crazy, then why not just pick up the pace a bit when you're walking the kids to school, or going round the supermarket, or walking the dogs? I walk our dogs 8 - 10 km every single day (they're big dogs!), but if I walk quickly the whole time, I can do it about 20 mins or so quicker than if I walk slowly - that 20 mins can be put to use doing something else, for me. Today, I'm using that time I've 'collected' during the week to go swimming (for the first time in 10 months!).
Talking of swimming, and I know not everyone likes swimming or feels confident enough to swim head down, or in deep water, but it's never too late to learn or try and of course - after all, our software was created because of swimming. Swimming is, first and foremost, a life skill that no-one should be without. There are also numerous other reasons to opt for the Aqua Approach, and this Swimming Guide blog by Jess Miller may just help convince you to take the first steps to dipping your toe in...enjoy!