Many Teenagers and ladies have asked me about how to easily cultivate interest in doing exercise everyday. Many of us lead a busy lives and we always put physical activity at the bottom of the “to do” list. Remember being active is one of the most important things you can do each day to maintain and improve your health. Make a point to include physical activities throughout your day! Think of your time to exercise as a special appointment and mark it in your calendar.
Here is some tips i can share with all of you how to make your daily exercise more fun and become your habit.
1. Weave exercise into your lifestyle.
Don’t sign up with a gym 30 minutes away from your home or office. If you do, chances are, you won’t go there. Why? Because going there itself is a chore. To make it work for you, you have to make exercise part of your daily routine. But before that, you must integrate the regime into your lifestyle seamlessly. If you have a sports club at your workplace, you can go there during lunchtime or after work. Or sign up with a gym nearby your home. Better still, like me, once I step out of my home, I can jog. The bottom line is you want to make your exercise routine automatic – just like brushing your teeth.
2. Go as basic as possible for the beginning.
Don’t rely too much on machines or sophisticated tools you see on Sunday morning infomercials. How many friends do you know whose machines are collecting dust at home now? The use of the machines will turn against you and it becomes an excuse especially when you’re traveling or not at home. Go as basic as possible to reduce the dependency. The best exercise is basic. It’s better to start with easy exercise goals you know you can achieve. As you meet them, you’ll build self-confidence and momentum. Then you can move on to more challenging goals.
3.Find a partner as committed as you are.
If your exercise needs a partner (especially sports), find one who is as committed as you are. Better still, look for someone who’s more committed than you. He can give you a whip when you lag behind. Both of you can motivate each other. Having a partner is perfect if you don’t want to do workout on your own. Plus it is more fun.
4.Find activities or exercise you are enjoyed.
Remember, there’s no rule that says you have to go to a gym or buy equipment. Having a variety of activities like weight lifting, walking, running, tennis, cycling, aerobics classes etc. will ensure that you can do something regardless of the weather or time of day. It is also a good ideas to do :
- horseback riding
- ballroom dancing
- paddle boarding
- martial arts
- rock climbing
5. Reward yourself.
People who exercise regularly tend to do so because of the rewards exercise brings to their lives, such as more energy, better sleep, and a greater sense of well-being. However, these tend to be long-term rewards. When you’re starting an exercise program, it’s important to give yourself immediate rewards when you successfully complete a workout or reach a new fitness goal. Choose something you look forward to, but don’t allow yourself to do until after exercise. It can be something as simple as having a hot bath or a favorite cup of coffee or get a new sport wear outfit for yourself.
6.Pair it with something you enjoy.
Think about activities that you enjoy and how you can incorporate them into an exercise routine. Watch TV as you ride a stationary bike, chat with a friend as you walk, take photographs on a scenic hike, walk the golf course instead of using a cart, or dance to music as you do household chores etc. You will find that doing exercise actually is really fun .
Hope it can help you for cultivating interest in doing exercise daily. If you have any ideas or suggestions for my next post, feel free to leave me a comment below.