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How to Stay Fit, Long Term

by Martha Simmonds

On a fitness kick? Great job! Like all of us, you should be making fitness a priority. There are oodles of ways you can train your body to be stronger, develop endurance and lose body fat. But what is best for you in the long term? Below, we explain how to stay fit and it’s all about planning and mindset. Here are the things you need to know if you’re getting fit and want to stay that way.

1. Stay moving

Deciding to ‘get fit’ is a very important step – but doing 2 classes a day and buying all the activewear is often a short-term phase and that’s ok! It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the latest Boxilates fusion jazzercise class (which by the way, sounds awesome).

However, we often spend too much time on the idea of being fit, rather than actually doing things to stay fit. The solution? Keep moving. You don’t have to be in a special class or have the latest gear, get out for a walk. Everyday. If you miss a day, it doesn’t mean you have to start again.

Find new ways to move more and once you get back into the gym or group fitness, your body will be ready to take it up a notch. Fitness is not a mountain, it’s got far more dips and valleys, so be ready to face lulls and keep motivated to get going another day.

2. Hit those Goals and Repeat.

Funnily enough, one of the best ways to stay fit doesn’t involve actual physical activity. You gotta have a plan. Define your goal, then break it down into smaller steps to get there. Once you hit it, get another goal! We’re not all personal trainers, so head to a decent gym and get advice from the experts for an extra boost. In COVID times, you can even get virtual consults to design a custom home workout that suits you.

3. Get More Variety

Cross-training is queen. There are many types of fitness and they complement each other. Hardcore lifters benefit from yoga and dancers often lift weights. Whether aerobic, anaerobic, flexibility or endurance your body will benefit from a movement that works all these areas – but it doesn’t have to be all at once.

So, spice it up. Try that random class at your gym that seems too hard/silly/not your cup of tea – you don’t have to do it every day. The gains you get from mixing up your workouts and varying pace, style, weight and reps will be quickly noticeable.

4. Think long term

This is all about personal admin. If you want to be fit, you need to make time for it. So schedule it in, form habits with others that become part of your every day and be flexible in case plans change. In the long term, if ‘being fit’ is too much hassle, it’s hard to stick to. Make a routine that you can stick to and modify where you need. If you make physical movement and working out just part of life, you’re more likely to show up and get it done.

So what are you waiting for? Get moving and start kicking those fitness goals!

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