Just like changing your diet, implementing, and sticking to, a fitness regimen can be quite challenging. If you don’t currently have one in place, now is the time to start. Exercise provides many benefits to your body both physically and mentally.
If morning is the best time for you to exercise but you hit the snooze button every time the alarm goes off, use Mel Robbins’ 5 Second Rule. When the alarm sounds, count 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, and get up. That’s the amount of time it takes your brain to change your mind about doing something. Purchase a dawn simulator so it’s light in your room even if the sun hasn’t come up yet. Your body will think it is time to get up because it is light.
It is recommended that adults get 30 minutes of high intensity aerobic activity 5 times a week or 90 minutes of moderate aerobic activity. If you aren’t physically able to perform the recommended amount of exercise, then start from where you are and build up to it.
Set realistic goals so you can achieve them. Once you’ve achieved the first one set larger or harder goals. Reaching a goal will help keep you motivated and you’ll be less likely to give up. You could begin with some alternative activities and move into more traditional forms of exercise as you are able. Little changes made consistently over time will have the greatest impact.
Reasons to Exercise
You probably already know why you should exercise but I’ll share some reasons with you anyway. The benefits of maintaining a healthy lifestyle are:
Types of Exercise
In addition to traditional forms there are other ways you can get exercise.
Maintaining an active lifestyle is key. If you don’t have time to get a workout in, try to be active in other ways during the day. Get your heart rate up so you can still burn calories. If you have a smart watch, keep track of the steps you take and the calories you burn during the day.
Setup for Success
Awareness is the first step to making changes. Identify what it will take for you to be successful.
The human body was made to move, not to be sedentary. Get yours up and going. Remember to start slow and be consistent. Build a routine. It takes repetition to create a habit, or to break one. Small steps completed consistently over time will create the most change.