Most people understand that it’s important to make exercise part of your everyday life, but it’s sticking to that 30 minutes of healthy motion every day that can be a challenge.
The good news is that there are steps you can take from helpguide.org to make exercise less of a burden, more enjoyable, and part of your everyday routine.
- Take it easy, and build up to your main goal. Wayne Andersen advises 30 minutes of healthy motion is important when making strides toward lifelong transformation, one healthy habit at a time™. However, sometimes you need to start with baby steps, like walking, and use that momentum to begin working out every day. Start small and gain the confidence needed to take on loftier goals, like exercising every day.
- Make exercise part of your routine. Find daily cues to make exercise a natural instinct. You see your walking shoes inside the front door, and you’re off for a walk around the neighborhood. It’s lunch time so you take a jog before eating your next Fueling. Cues like these will make it easy to make exercise part of your daily routine.
- Pat yourself on the back. Make sure to reward yourself on a daily basis, but make sure you exercise first. This could be as simple as having a massage at the gym after a tough workout. Rewarding yourself will lead to a more consistent pattern of daily exercise.
- Choose a method of exercise you enjoy. If you love to dance, try a Ballroom dance class. If you love to speed walk, find a scenic path at the local park. The point is to do something you enjoy! This will make daily exercise less of a chore.
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