Story by Troy Rininger, Manager of Fitness Together-Cary. Photo by Esben Bøg Jensen.
Cary, NC – To help you get back into your fitness groove this fall, here are 3 Tips for re-activating your exercise routine.
1. Start with the Basics
If you’ve taken a break from your regular exercise routine during the summer months, you may be eager to jump back into where you left off before your exercise hiatus. When getting back into your exercise routine, though, it is important to start with the basics to get your mind and body acclimated to a regular, consistent exercise regimen.
If you jump back in too fast and take on more than your body can handle too soon, you run the risk of sidelining injuries, early burnout and fatigue – all conditions that can keep you out of the fitness studio well past the summer months.
What’s your basic routine? Start there.
2. Get Moving
According to the World Health Organization, lack of physical activity is the 4th leading risk factor for all global deaths. 31% of the world’s population not physically fit.
As a society, we need to make a concentrated effort to get our bodies moving to not only increase our lives, but to put ourselves in a more positive position to live a physically fit and healthy lifestyle.
To get started on increasing your body’s movement, you can make simple changes every day that can make a big difference to your life. Try one of these:
- 30-minute walk each evening
- Ride your bike to run errands instead of driving
- Replace workplace breaks with walking breaks
- Turn off the television and play an active game with your family
- Sign up for a recreational sports league here in Cary
Here’s something you can do right now: Download the Bike/Hike Map of Cary.
3. Make It a Daily Habit
When exercise becomes a part of your daily schedule, it quickly becomes less of a chore and more of a habit. You can make exercise a habit by doing your workouts at the same time each day, creating a routine you can follow and adapting on a daily/weekly/monthly basis.
Joining a support group environment (trainer, friends, and family) can provide accountability and encouragement. When exercise becomes a habit, you help to eliminate the mental tendency to skip a workout and create a more positive mindset that is focused and dedicated to exercising regularly.
Changing your current lifestyle even when it’s for the good can sometimes feel overwhelming and intimidating. By breaking up your overall objectives into more manageable smaller changes like the ones listed above, you can create a foundation that will lead you to successfully meeting your lifestyle goals.
Troy Rininger holds an MS in Sports Science. Fitness Together Studio is located at 1057 Darrington Drive, in Cary.