I have never been a gym person. However, that has never stopped me from signing up for gym memberships or buying new gym gear with matching trainers! With great gusto, I will show up on Day 1 and work my heart out, only to buy a packet of Doritos on the way back and forget about that membership entirely! That’s pretty bad of me, I know. Other than the gym, my best form of exercise used to be going to Dubai Mall (the largest mall in the world you know!) … it’s a great workout for the body and the wallet! 😀
Please note that the above was written in past tense, which means I have managed to break out of the horrible habit now. Decided to sign up for group fitness classes (Zumba, Core Power etc) a few months ago, which worked out really well. Now I don’t know how I ever lived without it. Though I am far from being an expert at either of the above just yet, I thought it would be nice to share the few observations I have made thanks to this new lifestyle change over the last few months ….
‘You don’t need to exercise, you’re not overweight’: We really need to stop believing in that theory. Exercise is not just to lose weight, but rather to stay fit! So no matter what your weight is, a little exercise every day is recommended and I guarantee it will make you feel happier and lighter!
Workout in a group: This was the turning point for me. I discovered working out with a group of people was far more fun! It hardly gave me any time to look at the clock and dread over ‘how many more minutes left’ (as was often the case with me on the treadmill). It’s a lot more effective to work towards a common goal as part of a group.
Do not expect results overnight: Never go overboard with your workouts. Be realistic. Work on a plan that will make you reach your fitness goal gradually. That way, it will be much easier to maintain as well. I always feel the quicker you lose, the quicker you gain too! So take it easy and listen to your body … beauty takes time! 🙂
Your favourite pair of jeans never lie: If that jeans button is threatening to pop, then do not discard them just yet. Do not go shopping for a bigger size yet either. Instead keep those old favourite pair of jeans as your motivational goal, and vow to slip back in them and make them comfy again! 😉
Work on your eating habits: I have always been guilty of eating too much junk or sugary food. Lucky for me, I don’t put on weight that easily, but it doesn’t mean it’s not bad for me. So I have started eating healthy by adding plenty of greens and fruit to my diet and also increased my daily water intake. The best part is I have NOT deprived myself of the food I love and save that as a treat for the weekends. So balance is the key here.
Surround yourself with positive people: Getting fit is a journey full of ups and downs. Share your fitness goals with your close friends. That way, they’ll know when to buck you up when the going gets tough, as well as be able to keep you in check when the tough get going! 😀
These are the few things I have learnt so far and hope it has been somewhat useful to you. Would love to hear what works for you as well, so keep those comments coming 🙂
Until the next post ….