Is it really that tough to make exercise a part of our lives? Have we really tried everything there is to try...made every effort...tackled every roadblock? The difficulty, perhaps, comes from the idea that exercise and fitness has to be a routine, something mundane, almost like a daily dose of unpleasant medicine. Each of us experience different problems that eat away at initial enthusiasm - right from the 'I’ll start from tomorrow’ attitude to anything as seemingly colossal as a boss who doesn't encourage any daily hour off, not even to exercise. Here's looking at a few tricks to help you solve these every day issues that keep you away from exercise. Take a look at these practical ways to make exercise a part of your daily routine and how, very soon, you too can become a fitness faithful...
Make exercise a priority: Exercise has to be a non-negotiable part of your daily routine. It helps you in managing your weight and gives you a healthy lifestyle in the truest sense of the term. Most people tend to let exercise be relegated to the background of day to day life when friends and family say things like ‘Give your exercise routine a miss today and take it easy'. Always respond with a firm 'no'.
Commit to another person: For some people, adhering to the social aspect of exercise is important. For instance, if you have agreed to walk with your neighbourhood friend after dinner, there are slim chances that you will let them down. Add to this the social setting of a fitness class, a gym or even a running track. The more you get involved with the people and the routines of your exercise world, the more you'll miss when you end up skipping a session or two.
Find a suitable time to exercise: You don’t have enough time to workout in the day? Priorities seem to go on forever? Set all your excuses aside by getting up just an hour earlier than usual each morning. If you're not a morning person, look at the evening. If that's not possible, then look at your lunch hour. If that's not possible take a long hard look at what your priorities are. If health and fitness are high up in the priority list, as they should be, then focus on making time for exercise. As with every problem, you need to be prepared with a solution before you set out to tackle it.
Acquaint yourself with all the progress indicators: When you start fitting into clothes you had long locked away, it's a feeling of immense accomplishment. Not just because you look better and fitter, but because you're taking care of your body and health. When you lift heavier weights without getting exhausted, you feel the improvement - not just in exercise progress, but also in your body's muscle tone and increased capacity to take on tasks that earlier seemed difficult. Some other positive indicators of a good exercise routine are:
Your family doctor congratulates you on improved levels of cholesterol, blood pressure, bone density, triglycerides, and blood sugars.
You're able to sleep better, deeper and longer.
You have more energy throughout the day.
You realise that your muscles don't hurt when you take on tasks like lifting heavy objects or staying on your feet all day.
You feel the quality of each day improving, one day at a time.
Walk your weight...with a dog: If you enjoy walking and you haven't exercised in a while, a mere 15 minutes walk twice a day is a great way to make exercise as a part of your daily routine. And if you have a pet, then that's a huge motivator. It's a good routine for both you and your dog.
Experts propose that making behavioural changes in order to start an exercise regimen is hard, but reaps great results in the long run. Methods like rewarding weekly activity with a healthy portion of dessert, or some activity like watching a movie, dining out or socialising are all active motivation tools that will help you stay in the game. In the end, you have to find your own balance with being a fitness faithful...find your own practical ways to make exercise a part of your daily routine.
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