Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

YOUR FITNESS with Rachael Chance of Jump Fitness Time: Steady Pace for the First Few Weeks to Do You Feel Self-Conscious? as Soon as Weakness, You

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

YOUR FITNESS with Rachael Chance of Jump Fitness Time: Steady Pace for the First Few Weeks to Do You Feel Self-Conscious? as Soon as Weakness, You

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BACK to school often means the start of getting back into a fitness routine for many of us. It's very easy over the summer to let routines lapse. So, the question is, how do you start again? Follow these tips to not only kickstart your exercise regime, but to keep it!

1. Commit for 30 days: Make a commitment to exercise every day for one month. This will help to solidify the exercise habit. By making a commitment you'll take away the should I/shouldn't I go today dilemma. Allow two days of the week to simply do gentle exercise, a walk, a stretching/yoga type class, a gentle swim, to help your body recover.

2. Make it fun: If you don't enjoy the gym, it is going to be hard to maintain a habit. There are thousands of ways you can move your body and exercise, so don't give up if the gym isn't for you. Try lots of different forms of exercise to find what suits you.

3. Schedule your time: Don't schedule your workout in a place where it will easily be pushed aside by something more important.

Straight after work before going home or first thing in the morning are often the best times. Lunch-hour workouts are often easy to skip if work demands are building up.

4. Exercise with a friend: Probably one of the most effective means of maintaining a programme of exercise is to work out with a friend.

Having a social aspect to exercising can boost your commitment to the exercise habit. Plus you won't want to let your friend down by being a no show. 5. Half the battle is showing up: Showing up is the hardest part. You can worry about the intensity, type and time of the workout once you are there and you'll always be pleased you went! 6. Start small: Trying to run 10 miles for your first workout isn't a good idea. Work at a steady pace for the first few weeks to build the habit. Make the exercise challenging but achievable. …

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