Most people know the benefits of exercise and yet are still so inactive. To be successful you have to find that time in your day that you think you lack! I will give some helpful tips on how you can get started.
1. Start by adding a brief walk each day
Exercise doesn’t need to be long in duration to be effective. Even brief frequent bouts of activity have benefit. Start with 10 minutes a day of something and add an additional 10 minute sessions if you can’t add duration.
2. Workout in the Morning
If you are a morning person, wake up an extra hour earlier in the morning and worked out then. Most people I have worked with who decide to exercise in the morning hours are more likely to stick to their program. It just keeps us from getting side tracked each day with all that life can throw at us.
3. Exercise on the Clock
Look for ways to exercise and energize during the workday. If you work on the second floor take the steps instead of the elevator. You could also decide to go to the gym on your lunch hour. Some gyms have a little café in them or next to them that makes good lunches that still fit into the clean eating category so lunch is taken care of. Hey, perhaps you could even do some of your business meetings during a walk. You can brainstorm with your employees while on the treadmill. If you are stuck at your desk keep active as much as you can by setting a wrist watch or palm pilot alarm to remind yourself to get up and go for a walk, stretch, or even keep a light set of dumbbells at your desk to do some exercises.
4. Combine Strength and Cardio
One thing people can do to get the most of the time they spend exercising is to combine the aerobic and strength training using full body circuit training. If they don’t like the circuit they could super set going back and forth from one exercise to the next and even add 1 to 3 minutes of cardio at the end of the two exercises before starting another combination of exercises.
5. Exercise in the Home
The place you exercise is very important. Proximity is very important to make your program successful. Having just a few pieces of equipment in your home is one way to at the very least make your exercise accessible. You don’t even need that much. Some light dumbbells, a stability ball and some resistant bands can go a long way. I even have trainers who work for me that make house calls.
6. Always Plan Ahead
Keep a set of workout clothing, a pair of walking shoes and shower accessories with you in your car at all times to take advantage of every opportunity to exercise.
7. Stay Accountable
Hire a coach to help you stay accountable. We all do better when we are accountable to someone else. A personal trainer can help you with setting up and exercise program, a nutritionist can help you know what your body needs and when it needs it most and a lifestyle coach can help you to implement the life strategies to ultimately be successful in reaching your goals. An experienced fitness professional often wears all these hats. When deciding who to go with look to see how successful they have been with others.
8. Get Outdoors
Plan outdoor activities and get involved with group activity programs. You could join a walking group, a weekend hiking group, a softball league or even see if your fitness coach has a program like outdoor fitness Class.
9. Get Involved In Group Activities
Have activities you can get involved in like dance lessons or a variety of classes you can do at your local club like Pilates, yoga or group weight training.
10. Create Family Exercise Activities
Do as much physical activity as you can with you family as often as you can. Have you every just try to keep up with your child or a nephew while they run around at the park. Next time play hide and seek for an hour a see how much of a workout you get.