One of the best things about winter is the fact that we can all don big baggy jumpers and ignore what is going on underneath for a few months. With comfort food, warm nights in front of the telly and lack of exercise in the cold winter days, it is no wonder we all put on a few extra pounds over the winter. But summer is soon going to come which means we all need to shed that extra weight and make sure we are ready for the beach.
Of course, the first thing you need to do when you want to start getting fit is make sure that you consult your doctor or medical advisor and make sure you do not over do it. Little and often is the key to good exercise, but keeping it up is even more important.
I have found that taking out a weekly contract is a great way to make sure you stick to your exercise regime. Agree with your partner or a close friend what you are going to do each week. Agree what treat you will get at the end of the week if you achieve your goal but also agree a punishment every week if you do not achieve your goal. Although we can all go without that extra cake or that new dress if we do not feel like exercising, if it means cleaning the house on your own all week or doing all the cooking, you may think twice before skipping a session.
Exercising does not have to take long. Even ten or fifteen minutes a day can give you a visible change in appearance over time and when you start with fifteen minutes, you will soon realize that you want to do more to achieve quicker results and feel even better.
If you are overweight and worried about the impact on your body of starting exercising, consider swimming or water aerobics which will reduce the impact on your joints. There is some great plus size swimwear available that will give you support along the way and will make sure you are bikini ready come the summer. Or if you would like to try something less demanding why not treat yourself to a home exercise video or even a regular walk in the park.
Whatever you do decide to do, make the decision to do it now. Start as you mean to go on and do not put it off any longer. Now is the time to get ready for summer and boy, you'll be happy you did.
Source by Debbie Butler