The benefits of physical activity are well documented. Not only does regular exercise increase physical health and reduce the likelihood of illness, it has a lasting effect on your mental and emotional well-being too.
Exercising should be a priority in your daily life, even if it means getting up earlier, taking a proper lunch break, or leaving work at a decent hour. If your schedule is so busy that you can’t even fit in half an hour to walk the dog after work, then you need to rearrange it so you can.
Get in the right mind frame by changing into exercise clothes as soon as you get up in the morning or arrive home from work. If even that is too much, sleep in your gym gear so you only have to roll out of bed and put your shoes on. Take your gym bag with you to work even if you don’t feel like a session, you might change your mind by the end of the day.
Figure out what time of the day you prefer to exercise and stick to that. If you don’t like getting up at 5am for a run, then don’t force yourself to do it.
What exercises can you do?
Adults need at least 30 minutes of exercise every day to maintain a good level of health, even more if you’re trying to lose weight or increase fitness. The most important thing is to make a start, no matter how small.
The key to getting more physical activity on a daily basis is to look for different ways you can incorporate it into your everyday life. Here are some simple ways you can add movement:
- Park further away from work so you have to walk
- Use the stairs instead of the lift
- Go for a walk after dinner
- Do some exercises during TV ad breaks
- Go for a run with a friend rather than meet at a cafe
- Try a new activity to see what you enjoy
- Join a dog walking group
- Cycle to work
- Walk to the shops instead of taking the bus
- Clean the house energetically to music
- Mow the lawn
Combining exercise with entertainment is a good way to make exercise enjoyable rather than a chore. Listen to audiobooks or your favourite tunes while you’re on the treadmill at the gym. Or set up your exercise bike or treadmill in your lounge and keep up with your workouts and your favourite TV shows at the same time.
Joining a gym can make it easier for some people to stay motivated, especially if they go to a group class or book a one-on-one with a personal trainer. They’re forced to leave work at a certain time to keep the appointment.
If you’re the type who skips the gym more often than not, it pays to have a plan B up your sleeve and get in some daily activity between visits. At the end of the day, it’s your body, and you have to take personal responsibility for your own fitness. Real, lasting motivation will only come from within.
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