It’s hard to find the time in the day to set aside for exercise. However, regular exercise is one of the healthiest pastimes you can engage in. More so than any other hobby, exercise increases your quality of life, helps to you live longer and gives you more strength and energy for other activities. Here are some of the top ways to make exercise time a priority.
Making Time for Exercise
Stop Putting it Off
Putting off exercise can feel nice in the short term. Not having to sweat and get tired is nice, right? After all, you’ve got aches and pains. Your muscles hurt, your joints hurt. Why should you get out and move when you feel so tired?
Here’s the thing: the less your exercise, the more you’re going to feel stiff and ache-y. The sooner you start moving and getting your body into shape, the sooner you’ll start feeling great. It doesn’t take much: a thirty-minute walk, lifting some light weights or hitting a cycling machine for a few minutes can all be great ways to get started.
Set yourself meaningful but realistic exercise goals. It helps to know where you’re going when you set out to get there. For instance, if you don’t exercise at all, make your starting goal one half-hour walk per day and a few reps of some light weights every other day.
Remember: just starting anywhere is better than doing nothing. If you’re getting active, that’s the important part
Do you have a favorite restaurant you like to go to once a week? Or maybe you’ve got a TV show you watch regularly, or a hobby you love. Well, use those as rewards for yourself for hitting your exercise goals.
Maybe you don’t watch your favorite show until after you’ve gotten in your walk and exercise for the day. Don’t get your favorite dish at the local restaurant until after your exercise goals have been hit for the week!
A great way to keep track of your fitness goals is through an electronic fitness tracker. Some examples include Fitbit or an Apple Watch. These wearable pieces of technology can track your exercise and fitness, helping to keep you on track and aware of how you’re doing. You can set your fitness goals, and then your tracker will let you know when you’ve hit them!