Every new year, millions make the promise to themselves to start getting healthier. It’s no longer January, and it’s likely your in a workout rut, or things aren’t going as well as planned, or maybe you’ve even completely given up. Don’t worry, this is normal! If it was easy everyone would be doing it! We put together a few tips that will help you either get back on track or get started all together!
Tip #1: Do Something You Enjoy
Exercise doesn’t have to mean spending hours at the gym, peddling away on a stationary bike. It doesn’t mean you have to spend money on exercise gadgets you will likely never use, either. Anything you do to get your body moving is going to be better than doing nothing. Walking is an easy exercise that you can do just about anywhere, in any climate.
Bike riding, dancing, gardening, weight lifting, swimming, playing a favorite sport, house cleaning, and even playing in the yard with your children are just some of the ways you can add exercise into your daily routine. Just do anything to get your body moving and before you know it, you’ll begin to crave this movement.
Tip #2: Schedule Time to Workout
As you would for a meeting or a doctor’s appointment, sometimes the only way to make time to exercise is to put it on your daily schedule.
We’ve all got busy lives and we’re often so busy taking care of others that we never seem to make time for ourselves.
Once exercise becomes part of your daily To-Do list, you’re more likely to do it. Some people have only a certain time during the day to exercise, while others will have to vary the time each day. Some people need a nudge and for them, exercising with a friend is a good solution. Choose whichever way works best for you. What’s most important is that you hold yourself responsible to actually doing it!
Tip #3: Remember that Exercise Can Energize
Even though you might feel too tired to exercise, give it a try anyway. You might be surprised to find how energized you feel while you’re at it and afterwards, when you’re finished. Exercise is a great stress-reliever too and if you know anything about stress, you know that it is one of the body’s biggest energy stealers.
Tip #4: Don’t be Afraid to Mix it up
Like anything that is done over and over again, exercise can become mundane. When you get bored with exercising, you’re less likely to keep at it. To keep from getting bored with your workout routine, change it up! If you’re tired of walking, try cycling. If you’re into weight lifting, try alternating this with cardiovascular exercises throughout the week. Go bowling or play a game of tennis occasionally, and if you find you enjoy these types of activities, join up with a team. There are literally thousands of ways to say active beyond the traditional running and lifting weights that everyone thinks of.
Tip #5: Always Begin by Warming up
Regardless of the type of exercise you choose, it is very important that you begin each session by warming up your muscles. Not only will this help wake up your whole body and get it ready to rock, but stretching helps prevent damage to muscle tissue and it gets your blood flowing. It gets your heart pumping, too. Just five minutes is all it takes to get your exercise session off to a good start. The same way your body starts to crave physical activity, I’ve noticed that my body almost asks me to stretch it out every morning.
I hope these few tips will help you get started or get you out of the rut your experiencing. Before I sign off I think it’s important to remind you of a few things:
- You are not alone. Whether it’s day one or day 1000 for you, there will always be someone that’s a little further along in their journey as well as further behind you.
- EVERYONE EXPERIENCES BAD DAYS OR WEEKS! Even the top athletes in the world have days where they don’t want to do anything. This is completely normal! Just try and get yourself back into that positive mindset as soon as you can.
- It is NEVER too late to start! So you’ve told yourself for the last 10 years that you’re going to work out but you still haven’t done anything? Who cares! Any time someone tells me it’s too late for them, I tell them about my mother. My mom is a rock star and a great example of someone who found her athleticism in the latter half of her life. She was not athletic as a kid, and was over weight as a young adult. After surviving breast cancer, she decided to make changes and she is about to run her 3rd marathon in the next few months! She’s not the healthiest person in our family. You can do it too!