Every year, many people make resolutions to start exercising regularly and stick to a fitness routine, but this is typically easier said than done. Here are a few strategies that can help you establish a workout regime that you can actually maintain. The tips mainly involve avoiding the following excuses:
I don't like exercising – For most people, the idea of exercising does not sound like fun. This means that it’s important to find a fitness program that sparks your interest. For instance, if you like dancing, incorporate it into your routine. The same idea applies to interests such as swimming, cycling, or walking. Activities such as gardening vigorously are a healthy form of exercise as well.
I'm too busy to exercise – It's important to exercise for 30 minutes, at least three to four times a week. However, most adults lead busy lives and if it’s hard to fit 30 minutes of exercise into your daily schedule, consider two sessions at 15 minutes each or three sessions of 10 minutes each throughout the day. You may find it helpful to set an alarm for the times you want to work out, so that you don’t forget. A convenient routine is one that you will more than likely stick to.
I'm exhausted – Interestingly, people who exercise regularly tend to have more energy and experience better mental clarity than those who are inactive. This is important to remember the next time you feel too tired to exercise.
I'm too old – Individuals of any age can experience the health benefits of regular exercise which includes enhanced physical strength, flexibility, and muscle tone, to name a few. A consistent workout routine also supports long-term health and longevity.
Exercising is too hard – Exercise should not be painful or excessively hard. It helps to start with shorter, less intense sessions and then work up to longer, more intense sessions once you’ve built up your strength and endurance. Remember that activities such as swimming, walking, gardening, basketball, a dance routine, etc., can all enhance physical fitness.
These are some key tips that can help you establish a long-term exercise routine. Also, don't forget to take a supplement with nutrients such as vitamin D3, vitamin K2, and protein daily to help nourish your body as well. Overall, an exercise routine that is engaging, convenient, and accommodates your lifestyle will help motivate you to stick with it.