By Jared Khu
YMCA Wellness Centre
ALTHOUGH everyone knows that exercise in one form or another is good for you, most people struggle with the motivation and discipline required for it to really make a difference in their lives.
If you’re one of those people who struggles to get out and about to improve your health, our Local Member for Clark Andrew Wilkie jumped into the pool at the Salim Sultan YMCA Wellness Centre recently to show us how it’s done.
Basically, if you want to point yourself in the right direction on your search for better health, here are four healthy habits to focus on.
- Show up
Whether you are in the habit of exercising every day, or just one or two times a week, once you break your cycle and make an excuse for not going out to exercise, you create a bad habit.
So, if you’re looking for the secret to success for better health through exercising, its simple: show up and make it count.
When in Canberra, Mr Wilkie used to commit to a seven kilometre walk before Parliament most sitting days.
When invited to take part in an aqua aerobics session in the water, Mr Wilkie committed to it without hesitation.
He showed up and made it count.
- Be patient
The most improvement and success in health through exercise is normally seen in those who are patient.
Good health can’t be gained overnight.
Once you start an exercise program, it may take several weeks for the benefits to show themselves.
- Ask questions
So, you’re showing up and going out to exercise, you’re being patient with yourself…so now what?
Is that it? No.
We encourage you to ask questions. Start talking to people who do the same sort of exercises you do.
By asking questions, you start to gain an understanding of the process you are going through on the journey to better health.
- Make friends
I’ve found that the best way to keep exercising fun is to make friends along the way.
Looking forward to meeting up with friends and having a fun social time together helps make exercising a lot more enjoyable.
This, in turn, makes it easier to keep showing up, be patient as you wait for results, and to ask questions of the group.
After doing the aqua aerobics class, Mr Wilkie stayed around for a friendly chat and got to meet a host of new people with similar goals and aims in exercising.
So, start and stick to these four habits and give them a fair chance to show you how easy and fun it is to improve your health through simple exercise.
Caption: Independent Member for Clark Andrew Wilkie enjoying an aqua aerobics session at the YMCA.