Stepping Into Fitness

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If this summer of sport has taught us anything, it’s the power of activity. It has bonded us, we have marvelled at the athletic prowess on display and most importantly, many have vowed to be more active. But as these final few weeks of summer draw to a close, how do we avoid this newly reinvigorated fitness buzz going the way of the New Year’s resolution?

Watching sport on TV and actually integrating it into your life in a realistic way are two very different things. This is especially so for women, as we have the added social pressure of balancing femininity and exercise. But it doesn’t need to be stressful or super time consuming. Here are some tips that’ll ease your transition into super fit diva:

Let go of vanity

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look good while you work out as long as it doesn’t, you know, prevent you from actually working out. At some point, if you want to see results, you will have to sweat. Get yourself a few nice workout outfits so you can at least feel a bit fashionable, but let go of the urge for your hair and makeup to be perfect – it’s just not realistic. Also, it’s important to remember, that people aren’t looking at you half as much as you think they are! Self-consciousness be gone!

Get your mates involved

If you know you can’t motivate yourself very well, get your friends involved and kill two birds with one stone. And don’t think in order to be fit it has to be all super serious, two-hour intense gym sessions. Go for a 30 minute run, a group cycle, play rounders in the park – whatever it may be, make sure you’re enjoying yourself too (plus, a good dose of laughter does wonders for the core muscles).

Set a target

And no, this doesn’t mean a weight loss one. If you legitimately have to lose weight, fine, but if this is your sole reason for working out, it becomes a punishment and a chore, as opposed to something to enjoy and integrate into your lifestyle. Your target could be to complete a 10K race or to do a certain number of press ups. Make it about how your body performs, not just how it looks, which is much more rewarding in the long run.

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