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Ease me in for the long term....

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Greatballs Tue 28-Jun-16 16:36:37

I've just turned 35. I've had an on/off relationship with exercise for all of my adult life but I love it when I get round to it and I know it does me good.

Recently I've had a few changes to my life - different commitments, different job, children doing different things etc. This, combined with my birthday has prompted a kick up the bottom! I feel really motivated to start making positive changes, and my plan is to be a fit, healthy, strong, happy exerciser by my next birthday. smile

I've decided I need to take baby steps - I'm guilty of starting things and then giving up before it becomes a firm habit. If I start small I hope to stick with it and build myself up slowly, hence giving myself a 12 month goal. What would you recommend mumsnetters? Is there such thing as 12 month gentle start plan? What worked for you?

Thanks! smile

Musicianofbremen Wed 29-Jun-16 13:09:15

Yoga with Adrienne 30days of yoga on YouTube and the NHS couch to 5k podcast are both v good for easing you into exercise, can be down with minimal equipment etc. Both start from absolute beginner. I think they would work well together or seperately or one then the other maybe.

KeyserSophie Tue 05-Jul-16 15:26:34

Firstly, I'd say it's a good approach. Worth reading Mark Manson's "Why your Goals are Bullshit" (Not affiliated in anyway- just like his stuff). He talks about habits vs. goals and how habits are the key to success because motivation is a fickle friend.

When people say "starting tomorrow I'm going to eat clean, give up booze and go to the gym seven times a week" they're almost certainly not going to succeed.

If they say "I'm going to commit to go to the gym 3 times a week, and I'm giving up alcohol Sun-Thurs and make a healthy lunch to take to work rather than get a take-out" that's a much more sustainable change, and once they've established that they can build onto it.

Couch to 5k may be a bit basic for you, but if you're not a runner it might be a place to start, or maybe start doing Parkrun on a Saturday morning? A lot of people like running clubs.

KeyserSophie Tue 05-Jul-16 15:29:23

Sorry- it's called "Your goals are overrated

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