You lead a busy life. Between work, friends, and family it can seem like there is little or no time left for exercise. And yet, exercise needs to be a priority. If you want to live a healthy and vital life, and look and feel your best, then you’ll want to take these steps to help make it a habit and part of your daily routine.
Start Small – Identify one small thing that you can do each day. Can you walk an additional 5,000 steps? That’s about 2.5 miles. Can you spend ten minutes doing calisthenics, such as sit-ups and pushups? Can you jump rope for five minutes? Just focus on achieving a small goal now that you can build on over time.
Find Time Chunks – Your daily exercise doesn’t have to be completed all at once. You can fit it into small segments throughout your day. Identify small time chunks that you can leverage. For example, you can take a walk during lunch, and get up twenty minutes earlier and do your pushups and sit-ups. Find some time during your day and get started.
Do Something that You Love – When your exercise is an activity that you enjoy, you magically make time for it. For example, if you like dancing or bike riding, it will be easier to find time for these activities.
Be a Joiner – Team sports, gyms, and fitness clubs can be motivating because you have more accountability. When you join a team, the other members are counting on you to be there for practice and games. When you join a gym you also have financial accountability, and can get help from a personal fitness trainer when you need it. Joining a walking or running club can be motivating because you’re exercising with other people who are all dedicated to the same sport.
Build in Rewards – Consider rewarding yourself for meeting or exceeding your fitness goals. For example, if you set a goal to visit the gym at least four times each week, then at the end of a successful month you might buy yourself some new gym clothing or visit the spa for a massage. Rewards help you pat yourself on the back and can be motivating.
Finally, get your loved ones involved. It’s much easier to achieve your fitness goals and fit exercise into your daily routine when you have support. Tell your friends and family what your goals are and ask them for help. Let them know what you need from them to succeed.
Daily exercise is good for both your body and your mind. It’s the best way to lose weight and keep it off. It lengthens your life and puts a smile on your face. Incorporating exercise into your daily routine is a great way to live a better life.
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