Is 2021 the year you rediscover the joy of exercise?
Tips to set and achieve your exercise goals this year
Exercise Physiologist, Wellness Coach and Lifestyle Medicine Practitioner, Bell Silverthorne talks about how to get your exercise and fitness goals started for 2021.
After having a hiatus from all kinds of exercise other than walking for the better part of the last year, I have made a conscious effort to move my body in different ways over the past few months and I am LOVING it. As lame as it sounds, I have to say, I really have been rediscovering the joy that exercise brings. If it has been too long since you have even considered the notion of exercising, let alone finding that being a joyous experience –2021 is the time to find something you love doing!
In the past few months I’ve been dabbling with;
- Cycling – I love the WHOOSH of being able to get a bit of a pace up, but it being quite gentle on your body.
- Swimming – since I live in Queensland the summers are pretty brutal, it’s lovely to keep you cool but also feel your body elongate and stretch out, particularly if you spend much of your day sitting.
- Pilates – it’s a nice combo of some bendy movements so I no longer feel like the tin man, as well as some strengthening work. Just when you tell yourself “oh this exercise isn’t too hard”, I can guarantee you will revise that thought in 8 minutes time when you are still isolating that one stabilising muscle.
- Some huff and puff stuff – I’m not going to lie, this hasn’t been 100% joyous. It has been a bit of a smack to the face to realise how much fitness I’ve lost. BUT I have LOVED the bigger endorphin release you do get when you do more huffing and puffing over more gentle exercise. An hour after one of these workouts, I am just about bouncing off the walls I have so much energy, and I definitely sleep more soundly.
- Organised sport – this has been good to have a social element to it as everything else has been solo. Plus, it has been nice to focus on drills and games, rather than thinking along the lines of “when will this workout ever end”. It’s also been a nice little confident boost of “hey I can still do this” when it comes to certain skills too.
If none of the above activities are of interest to you pick some that do speak to you. Think about how you feel before, during and after exercise. Even just giving your brain an opportunity to concentrate on something different for 45 minutes can be beneficial.
Exercise is so much about feeling good and being in the moment. If it has been a while since you’ve been active, just be kind to yourself when getting back into it. Yes, you may not be used to the feeling of your body being a bit sore after a workout, but that means you’ve challenged yourself and your muscles are now responding. This is a good thing. Yes, you may have once held a plank much longer than you can now, but hey, at least you’re trying! Yes, even your mental toughness will be a bit soft and wobbly when you are getting back into it, but your determination will grow as you get stronger and fitter. 2021 – go forth and feel good through exercise (once) again!
Why Lite n’ Easy?
Bell Silverthorne is an exercise physiologist, wellness coach and lifestyle medicine practitioner with a passion for every day Australians to be that little bit healthier. Whether it’s sleeping better, exercising more, eating more fruit and veggies each day or doing your best to maintain a good headspace. Bell is a massive advocate of lifestyle medicine – harnessing your everyday lifestyle habits to help prevent, manage or even reverse chronic disease.