Research tells us that those who take regular exercise are healthier, have more energy, sleep better, think more clearly, have reduced levels of anxiety, perform better at work, and have delayed onset of conditions such as dementia.
In fact, most of us will admit to feeling a lot better after exercise, but it can still be extremely difficult to adopt it into our everyday lives.
Seven Step Exercise Check-List
So, here are my seven steps to making exercise part of YOU…
1. Always exercise on Monday
I find this sets the tone for the week ahead, and really helps you to get into the correct mind frame.
2. Exercise first thing in the morning
For most of us as the day wears on, we are less and less likely to stop and make time for exercise. So, it’s best to check it off your to-do list first thing — and, that’s a great feel-good way to start your day, too.
3. Don’t skip your workout two days in a row
It’s good to have a day off from exercise at least once in the week. But, once you find yourself skipping two days in a row, it can become really difficult to get back into your routine.
Try to keep up with your exercise program, no matter how inconvenient it may be. And, if you’re really stuck for time, at least do some squats.
4. Make a start
I’ve said this before, but often it’s getting started exercise that’s the difficult part.
However, when you’ve made the effort to begin, the next thing you know you’re half way through your routine and you don’t want to quit anymore. So, try to make yourself start at least, and then take it from there.
5. Ask yourself what’s hindering you?
Perhaps you don’t like working out at the gym, or it’s too cold to exercise outside where you live.
Perhaps you just need to get some new workout gear, an iPod or pedometer to help inspire you.
Once you work out what has been hindering you, you can find ways around it, and make your workout more enjoyable.
6. Stop trying to reach perfection
When your mind is saying there’s no point exercising unless I can run for 45 minutes, or do a full body workout, you are putting unnecessary barriers up for yourself, and you will find that you don’t exercise EVER, as a result.
Remember, even going for a 15 minute walk is worthwhile. Just do what you can each day.
7. Don’t fool yourself
Just because you pay membership at a gym doesn’t mean you go to the gym.
Just because you were a running champ at high school doesn’t make you fit and in shape right now.
Saying you don’t have time to exercise doesn’t make it true. Be honest with yourself and you will start going places.
What are your top tips for making exercise part of your life?