Sticking to a daily exercise routine is not easy.
There are plenty of legitimate barriers – time, family, work, injuries and boredom.
Still, these challenges should not get in your way. Let me show you how to overcome them so you find…
It’s Easy to Exercise Daily!
We’ll create the perfect exercise routine.
One where you’ll feel guilty if you miss a day.
It’s not that hard. But first, let’s overcome the common excuses.
- I don’t have the time
Time is a scarce resource and luxury we don’t have…
We barely have time to sit still for 5 minutes…. Let alone go to a weight loss camp, the gym, for a walk or cook a healthy meal.
Your hectic day might begin at 5:00 a.m. and finish at 9:00 p.m where you’re drained of all energy. This makes squeezing out time for exercise almost impossible.
But with a little creativity, you can get around it.
Here’s A 3-Step Approach
1. Chose a workout duration. Here are your choices:
- 10 minutes
- 20 minutes
- 30 minutes
If you can only do 10 minutes then that’s good enough….
A short 10 minute walk is better than no workout.
Aim for at least three days a week. Then, work your way up to a 30 minute walk.
Go for shorter exercises instead of a full workout. A walk of 10 to 30 minutes on most days of the week is fine.
2. Choose a time during the day and stick to it. You’ll work your way up to increasing the time.
You can also wake earlier than usual to exercise. Start by getting up 30 minutes earlier a couple of times for the week.
3. Add another day or two as you settle into the routine. Even exercise daily.
Get in the habit of driving less and walking more. When you go to the mall park at the West entrance even though the store is located in the East. That’s one way to get a quick 10 minute walk in.
Focus on small changes. Don’t try to change up your entire routine. Remember you prioritize exercise around your life. Click here for 7 simple other actionable steps to improve your fitness.
- Exercise is boring and I don’t like to exercise
Doing the same thing over and over can lead to boredom….
That’s is why you should do activities that you enjoy. Here are some to choose from:
- Play a sport you enjoy
- Go on a hike
- Join a workout group
- Go riding with friends
- Rock climbing
- Other (anything FUN that gets you moving)
Vary your activities. For example, rotate riding with playing a sport you like. You’ll get the benefit of both activities.
Also, partner up with others – friends, neighbors, co-workers or relatives. Imagine going for a group walk or group ride, you’re sure to have fun and encourage each other.
You can explore new options too; like joining a recreation centre or a health club….
If you free up some time even a weight loss camp.
Infuse exercises into your weekend rituals as well. How about a Saturday hike once a month or a bike ride with some friends?
These are great ways to have FUN while doing a cardio workout.
Consider these as well.
- Too much self-consciousness
Don’t focus on what others think of you. Look at the positives instead of the negatives. You now have increased strength and improved cardiovascular health. You’ll always feel better after every workout.
If crowds intimidate you get comfortable exercising on your own at first. An activity-oriented video game or an exercise video is a good way to begin.
Ride a stationary bike or treadmill while you watch your favourite show.
Encourage yourself for putting in so much towards your health….
And keep in mind that as you get more comfortable with exercise your self-confidence will improve as well. These will definitely keep you going….
- I feel too tired to workout after work
There is an interesting relationship between exercise and work. If you do not exercise, you will not have energy, and without energy, you cannot exercise.
Read The Above Sentence Again.
Think about it. Exercise increases blood flow to your body.
This improves your health and fitness level. The end result is that more blood and oxygen supplied to the body RAISES energy levels.
You can try exercising in the morning. Remember the 10, 20 or 30 minute suggestions?
Use the stationary bike or treadmill while you listen to the morning news.
Take a brisk walk during your lunch break at work. Keep a pair of walking shoes at work and lace up and walk before you have your meal…
Stay prepared to take any opportunity to exercise before the end of the day. Keep a pair of walking shoes and a change of clothes in your car.
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- Too lazy to exercise
May be the thought of jogging in the morning makes you tired… You’re not motivated to move for 30 minutes. Start with something really simple.
Take a walk down the block. Do it consistently so you don’t want to miss a day. It will become a regular routine.
A suggested schedule could be to walk 3 days for 10 minutes each time.
Determine the time of day when you are most ACTIVE or have FREE TIME.
Schedule your exercise around these times so you’ll have more energy to workout.
You’ll become more disciplined as your exercise time will be a priority.
Let your family and friends know of your exercise regime. They’ll give you their SUPPORT and encouragement and may even join you.
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- I’m not an athlete and only did Physical Education in school
Being athletic isn’t a measure of your workout capabilities. If you were once active, you can start again. It’s never too late.
Begin with the basics, like a daily walk, and increase the intensity with time. Anyone can walk. Invite friends and colleagues to join you and have FUN while helping out one another.
Do not compete with anyone. You are not a superstar athlete, so you do not have to act like one.
Go at your own pace, and you will be amazed at your level of progress. Focus on the positive changes you see in your body.
- I’ve tried working out before and failed to see results.
Failure isn’t an end; rather it’s an opportunity for a comeback. Learn to re-evaluate your past encounters; identify your mistakes and work on them…
Start from the basics, then graduate into more-intense workouts when you feel your body is ready. Don’t set unrealistic goals.
It’s better to workout for 10 minutes instead of one hour if that is more practical for you.
Always keep in mind that you exercise to meet your personal fitness goals. Your reward should be meeting those goals.
- Gym and Health Club Fess are Expensive
There are reasonable and cheaper alternatives to expensive gym memberships.
Working out at home is one and group workoute is another. You can do squats or perhaps use your body weight.
Grab a pair of dumbbells or resistance bands if you want more resistance….
Likewise, you can bring friends together for regular group walks. Plan routes along local parks and trails, or in your neighborhood.
Take the stairs instead of the elevator; it’s a workout in itself.
Your community centre is another option. They also serve as venues for exercise classes; through a local recreation department or community education group.
All these come with cheaper fees than an annual gym membership…
- Fear of getting hurt
Being nervous about getting injured is possible.
In instances like this, it’s advisable to start off slowly. A simple walking program is a good starting point.
Engage in pre-exercise warm-ups and then rest, before exercising proper. Exercise classes for beginners is also a good way to learn the basics of workouts.
You can consider enlisting the help of professionals, such as a certified fitness trainer, who can supervise you accordingly. Perhaps you have had prior injuries or medical conditions.
It is best that you seek the counsel of a doctor. Such professionals will help you tailor a befitting fitness program.
- I don’t have SUPPORT from family and friends
Let others know about your struggle so they can support and encourage you along the way. Educate people about the need for exercises.
Bring your family into the fold. A parent-child exercise class is a good way to start. You can organize a kickball or tag game with your family during a picnic lunch in the park.
Add extra duties. Be the driver of your teens to the mall, and take a walk around while they shop.
You can pass the time by doing laps instead of waiting idly.
If required, engage in a close discussion with your loved ones and try to convince them to join your fitness crusade.
Workout Buddies Inspire Each Other
However, if they do not, be sure to ask them to respect your desire to carry on.
The solutions offered to overcome the barriers in your fitness journey are sure to work. Remember it’s all about prioritizing fitness around your life.
Don’t try to do it all on your own. Start slow and then gradually progress. Look for ways to vary your physical activity.
Even if you only walked for 10 minutes you did better than if you walked for none.