You already know getting more exercise is great way to stay healthy.
But for many, life is so busy and so stressful, that finding the time to exercise seems too daunting… so they don’t.
Instead, they procrastinate. Finding other “more important” things to do than exercise.
Newton’s First Law of Motion tells us that a body at rest will stay at rest until compelled to do otherwise.
When you’ve been procrastinating for so long to avoid exercise, how do you compel your body to start moving again?
If you’ve been “out of the game” for a while, it’s hard to know how to start.
Here are a few tips to help you ease back into an exercise routine… and keep you motivated.
First thing you want to do before you start exercising again is make a plan.
What days will you work out? What time? Where will you exercise?
Put everything in writing and post it someplace you can see it to help keep you committed and accountable.
Commit to your schedule… but don’t overdo it out the gate.
Too often people try to do too much, too quickly. And they burn out.
Rather than hitting the gym 5 days your first week, aim lower.
Exercise 1-2 times a week in the beginning.
Increase your activity level each week as you build endurance and strength.
Remember, it can take anywhere from several weeks to even a year to form a habit.
Taking small, steady steps can help ensure regular exercise becomes routine in your daily life.
You don’t need to hit a gym either.
Just committing to daily walks around the neighborhood is a good place to start.
Along with your plan, write down your fitness goals.
Do you want to regain some flexibility? Gain strength? Improve your speed?
Knowing what your goals are from the beginning, and tracking your successes toward them as you go, is great motivation to keep going.
Another way to stay motivated? Find a workout buddy.
Working out with a friend or family member can be fun and worthwhile.
And the more fun you’re having, the more likely it is you’ll stick with it.
But just as important, a workout buddy can also help hold you accountable.
If you make a plan and someone else is relying on you to show up, you’re less likely to ditch your exercise plans.
Finally, once you’re ready to get moving, make sure you’re eating foods that support added activity.
If you don’t fuel your body with the right nutrition, you’re going to crash and burn when you start moving again.
Limit over-processed foods and sugary snacks.
Instead, focus on a diet rich in lean protein, fresh fruits and veggies, and healthy fats to give your body the nutrients and energy it needs to support your workout.
You know as well as I do that the health advantages of regular exercise are clear.
So, if you’ve been procrastinating and putting it off, and you’d like to get moving, here’s a quick review:
- Make a plan and start slow.
- Document your goals and successes.
- Recruit a buddy to work out with.
- And fuel your body right.
As soon as you start, you’re on your way to better health. The key is to just get started…
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