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How To Find Your Fitness Routine

If the thought of putting on gym tights and going for a run makes you tired, or you can’t relate to the #fitlife, we’re here to let you know that you’re not alone. We often hear of gym bunnies, health and wellness gurus and ‘fitfluencers’ talking about the benefits of exercise. And yes, it’s great that so many people are hopping on the fit train and getting their lives on track, but it’s not that simple (or easy) for everyone.

Most of us see exercise as a chore; it’s one of those things that you know you should do because it’s so good for you, but you can’t seem to find any enjoyment or reward (especially in the beginning). And that’s okay – you don’t have to be obsessed with the gym or gains to make exercise a regular part of your routine. There are ways to embrace physical activity without turning it into your sole purpose in life. So, without further ado, let’s break down how.


Find your fitness

The first step truly is figuring out the type of exercise you enjoy (or hate the least). You have most likely already heard this one, but it’s going to make those days of pushing yourself to put your trainers on and just do it so much easier. The thing is, we often get so caught up with trends that we forget there are so many other ways to move our bodies and keep fit. You might be most familiar with running, weight training, cycling and perhaps even hiking, but you don’t have to do any of those items to be active.

Most often, exercise that involves a type of sport is the easiest and most fun way to start because the activity is more than just exercising. There is a competitive aspect, you are often in a team, and you are working on new skills. Whether it’s hockey, horse riding, netball, or surfing, you instantly have new elements added when you choose to make sport your exercise.

Not a sports person? We hear you! There are plenty of other ways you can be active that don’t involve any athleticism. Dancing is a great way to stay in shape, and going to classes with others can really help in the motivation department. Walking, yoga and stretching are other low-impact and easy methods of staying fit. And for those who feel like doing something more adventurous, you have rock climbing, pole fitness, aerial hoops, or boxing.



Make it stick

Now that you have decided what type of exercise you think you might try, how are you going to be consistent? See, trying something new isn’t always the problem area, it’s actually continuing to put in
the work where most people struggle. Motivation is key here.
But how?


Join a challenge or class
Working out is way easier when you have a group of people struggling along with you. That’s why gym classes and online challenges do so well. 

Get an accountability buddy

If you struggle to get yourself off the couch to do your workout, having something or someone to keep you accountable will make it easier to be motivated. Whether it’s a friend or a trainer, make sure they push you to put in the work.


Take it slow
It’s no use jumping right in and pushing yourself too hard too fast. You’ll end up sore and irritated, making it likely to just give up. Rather gradually ease yourself into a casual routine until it feels like a natural part of your lifestyle.


Remember your why
When you feel like quitting or think that exercise is just not for you, remember that you are doing this for yourself, no one else. It’s your body and you’ve decided to take care of it. How incredible is that? Keep telling yourself this all the time. And remember to use this when taking a break too, as rest is just as important.



Shift the focus to health and well-being

You could have all the possessions in the world, but you won’t enjoy it if you aren’t healthy and fulfilled. The reality is, many of us want to be healthy, exercise and look after ourselves, but perhaps we don’t feel as though we deserve it. Getting your fitness on track is more than just working out, it’s also about implementing habits that improve your well-being. So remember that you deserve to be healthy and happy. Say it to yourself in the mirror if you have to, until you start to believe it. Making a change toward a healthier lifestyle (which includes an active fitness regimen) will become easier once you focus on just living well. You will naturally want to cultivate habits that improve and maintain your health. 



Words: Taryn Wilson | Photography: Unsplash