I'm not a naturally sporty person and I never really have been. I like walking my dog, and swimming on holiday, but other than that, sitting down has always appealed to me more than moving about.
But it turns out - you don't have to be a naturally 'sporty' person to enjoy exercise. It's all about finding the workout that works for you, and focusing on how great you feel afterwards.
If you're a young adult carer, you might find it hard to find the time to exercise, even if you want to, or maybe it's just not something you factor into your busy weeks. But exercise and moving your body has so many benefits, from improving your mental health, getting you fitter and even relieving some aches and pains you might have.
Tip 1 - Find something you actually enjoy!
Obviously this tip seems a little obvious - but often people who want to get fit think they have to run like mad on a treadmill or join an expensive gym. The thing is, it's no good doing things you don't actually enjoy, because in the long run you're most likely not going to carry on doing it.
I always wanted to try yoga but couldn't ever find classes that worked around my schedule, until I found a youtube channel called Yoga with Adriene which has all sorts of yoga suitable for beginners. Now I can practice yoga in my own home, at any time that works for me, in whatever clothes I feel comfortable in (usually my pjs!).
Tip 2 - Incorporate exercise into your daily routine
Making something a part of the things you normally do is such a great way to get fit and make a positive habit for life. And it doesn't have to take up too much time - you could try walking instead of getting the bus whenever you can, or something even simpler like taking the stairs when you normally take the lift.
If you care for someone you might not have much time to yourself, so incorporating little bursts of exercise is really a great way of getting fit.
Tip 3 - Focus on how good you feel afterwards!
When I'm really tired or just feeling generally lazy, I try and remember how good I felt after the last time I exercised. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins which trigger positive feelings in the body, so it's not just a rumour! Even when I really don't feel like exercising, after I've done at least something I always feel so much better and really glad that I made myself move!
Try writing down how you feel after each exercise so you can not only see your progress, but also feel motivated to keep it up.
Tip 4 - Take it slow
If you haven't done exercise in a while, going full force can sometimes do more harm than good. It's best to take it easy and only do what you can manage instead of turning the treadmill up to full speed and flying off the back. Just think, any movement is better than nothing for both your mental and physical wellbeing.
Try out the 'Couch to 5K' App from the NHS, a great way of slowly building up your running skills until by the end, you'll be able to run a 5k and beyond!