Getting fit – really fit – is something to start now. Don’t let diversions of how much work you’ve got to do keep you from enjoying the feeling that you’ve done something really important for yourself…today. Regular exercise is a habit that, when performed, will actually give you more energy. Your ability to focus improves and that’s almost like having more hours in the day.
Over time, you can eat a bit more and maintain your weight. Or, if you’d like to lose a few pounds, don’t add calories and watch the pounds roll off!
Excuses like “I’m too overweight to go outside in shorts,” “I have no money to join a gym,” or “My boss expects me to work solid eighteen hour days” don’t cut it, either:
How to dress for exercise
Once you make the decision to exercise every day, you’ll probably want to buy some exercise clothes. The right exercise clothes will boost your confidence – and your appearance. Keep in mind that exercise shoes and clothes have important functions:
- Shoes: Depending on the kind of exercise or activities you’re performing, select shoes for walking, running, or indoor exercise. Cross-trainers are also a good choice for working out in the gym, using elliptical machines or lifting weights. Exercise or athletic shoes must fit well in order to absorb shock and keep your feet comfortable. Try on several pairs and test the fit by walking and jumping in them. (Don’t worry. The shoe salesperson has seen this before!)
- Socks: Cotton, cotton blend, or microfiber socks are good choices for activities. Opt for microfiber socks if your feet sweat a lot.
- Pants/Shorts: Choose the length you’re comfortable with or according to the workout or activity you’re performing. Many sports clothes manufacturers’ microfiber compression clothes are comfortable, wick moisture away from the skin, and make many people feel they’re performing better. Note: Cyclists actually need to wear tight cycling shorts to avoid painful friction. If you’re not a cyclist, choose breathable cotton or flexible microfibers for active workouts.
- Shirts/Tops: Choose microfiber materials if you tend to sweat a lot during or after the workout.
- Hats and Accessories: Wear a hat to shield your face and eyes from harmful UV rays. Remember, cloudy skies don’t protect you from UVA/UVB damage. A headband or bandana can help to push hair off the face and protect eyes from sweat. Don’t forget sunglasses if you’re exercising outdoors.
How to join a gym
Gym or fitness clubs come in many different types and price ranges. If money is in short supply, check out clubs that cater to active people on a budget. Some are so inexpensive they’re almost free! Look for a gym with spotless facilities and a friendly atmosphere regardless of cost. Here’s a handy Chuze Fitness Infographic to get you excited!
How to work eighteen hours a day
Some bosses do expect their employees to work long hours. If you’ve got a boss like this, it’s really important to take care of yourself. A daily workout can help you manage stress! However, if this schedule continues into autumn, consider a job change!
Photo: Josh Janssen