As I said before, you do not need to join a gym, or go out for a long run to consider yourself exercising! Walking instead of driving or choosing stairs instead of the elevator are just a couple of examples of simple forms of exercising to get you started. Don’t get me wrong, I think joining a gym is great if you are going to go. But, too many people either join and don’t go because they are too busy, or they overdo it while they’re there, end up hating it because it’s too hard, then never go back.
If you are thinking of investing in a piece of exercise equipment for your home, make sure you have tried it and it is something you actually enjoy otherwise it will just be a dust collector!
Exercising is about getting your body moving, the blood flowing, and helping your body function better than it does when you sit all day.
People complain that they are “too tired to exercise” and therefore become sedentary. I think exercising gives you energy. Moving around and getting that blood flowing has so many physical benefits, but to me, the psychological benefits are what make it all worth it! If you can just start doing some form of exercise today and actually put it in your day planner on a regular basis, then you are creating a new habit. If you have it in your planner with all the other stuff you need to do, you are more likely to do it. Another thought to make it become a habit you can’t break is to get a friend to join you. You may be more likely to keep it up if you have someone else motivating you and you don’t want to let down.
A few simple ideas you could start today:
1. Go for a walk with a friend,
2. Go for a 15 minute walk around the area during your lunch hour at work,
3. When you go to get your mail from the mailbox, turn it into a 15 minute walk around the neighbouring streets,
My point is, it really is easy to think of something you can turn into exercise. Walking is one of the easiest ways to start exercising, then just make sure you continue to challenge yourself, by adding time, intensity and variety.
Allow yourself rest days, but make sure you do your best to try to exercise 3-5 times a week and keep it up!!!!!!!! Don’t lose that momentum because that is when people start to give up.