Are you ready to create a daily exercise routine, without feeling like it's a chore? Try these three tips.
Do you find just getting started to be the hardest part of exercising?
I know I feel good when I exercise, but that doesn't always get me started. I feel like I need an good incentive just to start.
Try these three tips to create your exercise routine.
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Make exercise fun and social.
Back when I was doing triathlons in my 20's, the social factor got me out the door a lot of the time. Even for a 6am swim workout. At that time, many of my friends were doing the same thing I was and I was often to busy to have another social group. So, honestly, I was quite socially motivated.
I'm still socially motivated. I've swam with some of the same people for 25 years.
Even if I don't see them away from the pool or locker room, I still consider them friends. You'd be surprised how social swimming can be.
Yoga is the same way. I have friends that I mostly only see in yoga class.
I've been with the same people for about eight years, but I know there are women in the class that have raised they're kids (now grown) while going to that class.
Accountability also goes along with the social part.
It can range from knowing that the only place you'll see certain friends is by engaging in a particular activity to scheduling time with a friend to walk or meet up to exercise.
Know what the benefits of exercising are for you, individually.
Write it out as a list and post it where you can't help but see it.
Sometimes I make exercise more about the psychological benefits than the physical benefits.
Did you know that exercise increases energy and reduces the risk of depression, anxiety, and stress?
Next time you go for a walk or move your body in some other way, notice how you feel mentally.
Exercise also improves cognitive function.
A great strategy for elementary teachers is to take exercise breaks with their classes. The kids learn better when they can move their bodies more often than just at recess.
It works for adults, too. If you're stuck on a problem, go for a short walk. You may figure it out while you're walking or will at least have some fresh creative energy when you come back to it.
Some employers have exercise facilities in their buildings. Some even have a ping pong table near the work space. Having a physical outlet can boost productivity.
Exercise during the day also improves the quality of your sleep.
When I was a new mom, I learned quickly that if I exercised during the day, I would sleep well at night. Even when I was woken up throughout the night, I would go back to sleep easily. Good sleep is a major motivator!
I hate to be negative, but sometimes it helps to look at how you'll feel if you don't exercise.
They are two year old herding dogs, so if they don't get out for a couple of walks a day, they can drive me crazy!
Find out what will motivate you to exercise more.
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