Health | Make the most out of your workout

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Working out, for many of us, is not an enjoyable experience. As such, it is important to maximise your time when doing exercises.

We all know doing physical activity is imperative to our overall health and well being. Doing it, however, is another thing.

As another new year is upon us, many of us will make the annual promise to join a gym or classes and get in shape. By February, our interests level generally wane.

Committing to an exercise routine does not mean you have to fork out for an expensive annual membership to a gym you will barely use. To maximise your investment in fitness, try starting off with a simple 30-day challenge. Go for a walk on a Monday, some weights on a Tuesday and swim on a Friday, for example. Once you do this for a consecutive period of time, you form a habit.

If you are going to to gym, make a plan. To avoid wandering aimlessly from one piece of equipment to another, map out your workouts ahead of time and set clear training goals.

There is no ‘right’ time to work out. Figure out when the best time works for you to exercise, whether it’s first thing in the morning, at lunch, or after work.

Keep a journal of what activities you are doing. Everyone gets bored at some stage when doing the same exercises every day. Once you analyse what is boring you from your journal, you can add some new activities to your workout.

Do not be afraid to try something completely new, such as zumba or kettlebells.  Learning new skills with new people in a new environment can go a long way towards making exercise a habit.

When you hit that wall of not wanting to do any activity, get a fitness buddy that will keep you on your toes.