written by Nicolete Rovet
Exercise is one of the most effective ways of improving your life physically and mentally.
No matter your age or fitness level, there are always ways for you to enjoy physical activity to help you feel better and enjoy life. Exercise can give you more energy throughout the day, help you sleep better at night, and become more positive. Here are some tips to help getting around what might be holding you back and to find ways to self motivate.
1. Plan Ahead
Plan exercise into your day. Set aside a specific time in your schedule to exercise and put it in your planner. The night before you plan to exercise in the morning, make it easier on yourself to get out of bed and go. Leave your water bottle, iPod, headphones, sneakers,
and workout clothes out the night before so that you’re ready to go in the morning. Or, pack a gym bag the night before and bring it with you so that you can go right to the gym after work.
2. Try Something New
Do you easily get bored during your workout? Try something you’ve never done before. This will also be beneficial for your body because you won’t be doing the same workout constantly. Skip the tread mill and embrace the great outdoors. Also, don’t forget to bring that upbeat music that will motivate you to keep you going.
3. Be Consistent
Be consistent. Follow your schedule regularly for the most effective results. Change up your daily routine to incorporate activity. Park at the back of the parking lot at work to add more walking time, or add an extra lap at the mall when shopping. Integrating more activity into your usual routine will help you stay active. Split up your workouts. You can get the same benefit from short workouts spread throughout the day as you do with continuous workouts.
4. Extra Motivation
Working out with friends can be a huge motivator. Knowing that a friend is waiting for you at the gym or the end of the block for your weekly jog can change everything and it sure can get you out of bed faster. Even if you don’t play sports or consider yourself competitive, you’d be surprised at how working out with a friend can bring out your competitive side.
5. Make Time
Number one excuse for not working out? Lack of time. Squeezing in just a few minutes of physical exercise a day has huge benefits on your health, gives you energy and perks up your mood. The recommended daily amount of exercise is a minimum of 150-175 minutes
a week, that’s 30-40 minutes 5 days a week, and less if you workout on the weekends. Schedule some exercise time every day, even if it’s just a few minutes.