If you’re new to exercise the best thing you can do is to walk. If you are out of shape then walking is a good way of getting some exercise but I don’t mean just 20 minutes of a stroll. You need to walk at least 3 times a week and quickly build up your distance and your speed to where you will feel slightly out of breath. Do this bit by bit and before you know it you will have stretched the distance and feel much fitter.
If you regularly walk then you could start a more strenuous exercise like cycling, spinning, Pilates or boxercise classes. You know from reading my blogs I love doing HIIT sessions. 20 to 30 minute of High Intensity Interval Training. [See links to some of my favourites HIITs below]
MAY – Month 2
With Month 1 being the start to your fitness, Month 2 becomes the “step it up” month. By month two your body is adapting itself to more exercise now, so now its time to start pushing harder:
1. Frequency- If you were working 3/4 days a week add another day.
2. Intensity – Remember work until you feel out of breath and push your heart rate more and sweat more.
3. Time- If you were doing 20 minutes exercise try to increase it to 30 minutes.
4. Difficulty – If you were walking its time to start climbing those hills or going from a fast walk to a slow jog.
JUNE – Month 3
By now you will begin to look and feel better and fitting into some of your summer clothes. You will know what your body is capable of and if possible you should be able to test how far you really can go. If you are doing a HIIT then you should really feel the burn in your legs and arms. This is the month that you might try your first 5km and register for your first 10km.
They say summer bodies are made in Winter so you still have loads of time. Keep in mind that having a healthy body is made up of the following:
- 70% Food
- 20% Exercise
- 10% Mind set
Remember the only person you should compare yourself to, is the person you were yesterday.
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