Knowing that you ought to exercise and actually exercising are two very different things. Even if you want to try a new workout, recognize the health benefits, and have the energy to spare, you might struggle to find the time for it. If you’re overwhelmed by the idea of adding something new to your to-do list, scroll down for some handy tips. We can help you learn how to fit exercise into your day.
How to Fit Exercise into Your Day
First, before you begin, remember to talk to your doctor about starting or changing your physical fitness routine. Your safety should always be the top priority! Now let’s dig into those tips . . .
Add your workouts to your calendar.
Many people treat workouts like add-on activities. If they can find the time to squeeze in a quick strength training or cardio session, they will. But too often, their day “feels” too busy for a workout, so they skip it. To avoid this, write workouts into your calendar and build your days around them. View them like you would a doctor’s appointment: necessary, unavoidable, and crucial for your health.
Ask someone to join you.
Not only is this a great way to combine two tasks—socializing and exercising—into one, but also it gives you accountability. If you know that your friend is waiting for you at the park, are you still going to skip that tai chi session? Probably not. Don’t leave your accountability buddy hanging!
Make it as convenient as possible.
Maybe you’ve been hoping to join a swim class, go for a hike, or sign up for a strength-training class at your community center. Those are all excellent ideas, but if you’re struggling to make exercise a regular part of your life, consider starting closer to home. For example, maybe you could join a workout class offered by your senior living community or go for a walk around the block. If you make exercise incredibly convenient, you’re far less likely to avoid it.
Focus on your mindset.
Don’t think of exercise as something you have to do. Instead, try to look at it as something you want to do (for the endorphins, the strength, etc.) or something you get to do (because many people aren’t able to work out for one reason or another). In addition, try to focus on how you’ll feel afterward. Stepping out the front door is the hardest part, but don’t you feel accomplished and happy afterward?
Shorten your workout.
If you were under the impression that a workout doesn’t count unless it’s 45-60 minutes, it’s time to change your mindset! Even a 15-20 minute workout can have a positive impact on your health and fitness. Consider talking to your doctor, a physical therapist, or a fitness trainer about short, effective, and well-structured workouts that you could fit into your daily routine.
Be kind to yourself.
Some days you might not feel your best. When this happens, don’t beat yourself up over it. Recognize that sometimes the best thing for your body is to take a rest!
No matter how busy you feel, we’re certain that you can figure out how to fit exercise into your day. Make the commitment, pencil it into your calendar, and treat it like any other non-negotiable appointment. Your body will thank you for it later!
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