Please note: this is an old article
It was published in May 2020, so the information may be out-of-date.
Have you ever started to exercise because you wanted to lose weight or tone up? While there’s nothing wrong with this goal, if physical appearance is your only motivation, then unfortunately your commitment can fade all too quickly. Right now we have so many other reasons to be getting as active as we can, so lets use these incentives to our advantage.
Weight loss can certainly be a benefit of exercise, but a number of other factors come into play, including calories burned verses calories consumed, stress levels, hormone changes and the list can go on. Movement however is the key to unlocking intangibles you can’t see but can certainly feel. If your goal to exercise also includes feeling more energised, sleeping better, having a clearer mind, improved mood and de-stressing (so important right now), then you may come close to achieving your goal after every exercise session.
Find something you enjoy, whether it's walking, running, riding, yoga, or HIIT training, and schedule this in your calendar for at least three 20 minute sessions a week. 30 minutes a day is preferable, but start with what you think is achievable. Set yourself a goal to be consistent with this for one month and then after that one month, stop and reflect on your energy levels, stress levels, mobility and general wellbeing. We're pretty confident your mind and body will thank you for your efforts and then you can set your goal for the next month based on how you feel. Weight loss will most likely be an added benefit if exercise becomes a part of your daily routine, but when you are focusing on your health benefits rather than your body image, it will be an added benefit and not the only benefit.