I’ve gotten some good advice over the years, and I’ve written about a few good pieces of advice before, but here are three things I really try to take to heart:
Find a sport that you love.
No really. If you seriously want to get into a healthy fitness routine, you need to find something that truly lifts your spirit. Don’t pick something, because your best friend does it (although working out together can be a huge motivational booster!), but that you actually hate doing. If working out is one more chore on your list, I will predict that you’re not going to stick with it for the long run (no pun intended). The great news is: there are a ton of different workouts/exercises to choose from, PLUS you can always switch it up to keep things interesting. It’s not like you have to pick and then be stuck with that one sport forever.
Listen to your body.
I strongly believe that I have run 5+ years injury-free because I have listened to my body, took breaks when I needed them and made cross-training and rest days a priority! I am not competing in the Olympics and don’t have to beat up my body to win a gold medal. I am just trying to keep a sustainable fitness routine that keeps me fit and healthy well into the future with an occasional race thrown in where I can test my limits.
That’s it. Just show up. It doesn’t matter if you do 10 minutes of yoga in the morning or show up for a (half) marathon on race day. Being consistent in your efforts and dedication to keep your body moving and healthy is one of the most important things you can do for yourself.
Start small, add 15 minutes of moving into your day and then build from there. You’ll be surprised how fast your body will ‘crave’ the movement and routine!
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There you have it. Three very simple, but very effective pieces of advice, IMHO.
What’s the best fitness advice that you have received?