My top 7 fitness tips

Here is my introduction to fintess catergory. For as long as I can remember I have exercised. My earliest memories of exercise are training and competing at little athletics as a 6 year old.  In my early years I was also involved AFL football, cricket, field hockey, tennis and cross country running. Apart from a few years break after I was dianosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis as a child, I have always trained in some form. Because I have been consistently exercising for over 30 years as an adult my friends always ask me about fitness tips. They want to know how I keep the fitness “bug”. Over the years I have shared my thoughts, written fitness programs for them and even provided motivation when they were lagging. So today in this post I thought I would share some of my fitness tips I pass on.
  1. Write it down – Write down what you want to do and do it! Be specific and say this year I want to exercise six days a week doing [insert your goal]. Also record all training sessions in a diary. It helps to encourage you and keeps you accountable.
  2. Variety – Chose two exercises that you enjoy and alternate them. Do one Monday, Wednesday and Friday and the other Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. For years I rode three days and do weights three days. It helped to keep me mentally fresh and gave me variety. I would always take Sunday off for God.
  3. Start slowly – If you haven’t exercised in a while don’t fall into the trap of thinking you have to exercise two hours a day. For most people that is not practical or attainable. If you start by walking a five minute lap of the block that is more than you did last week. Aim to build up to 30 minutes per day over a month or two.
  4. Long term – Keep a long term view. Don’t just see exercise as a quick way to lose weight. Look long term and see it as a change of lifestyle, not just a quick fix. Keep in your mind that each exercise session you do now is like putting money in the bank for old age health.
  5. Be consistent – I remember years ago a famous body builder once said “If you want to look like a body builder or a cyclist, just train like one for five years, and you will”. Consistency is the key. Keep exercising even if some days you can only do half a normal session. If you miss a day here and there, don’t beat yourself up though!
  6. Rewards – When you have been consistently training for a period of time reward yourself. I brought myself a new pair of cycling shoes a few months back as a reward. My rewards usually involve my exercise and might be a new piece of gym equipment, some shoes or a new bike. Reward yourself in a way that treats you.
  7. Right perspective – Remember that it is important to keep the right perspective as you exercise. It is about being healthy and looking after yourself so you can serve God. It is not about having the perfect body or showing off. Remember that all of our bodies are going back to the dust one day!
These are the main exercise tips that I share with friends. In the coming posts I will share some simple exercise programs that you might like to try. Blessings, Dave