Arghhh not exercise! Don’t we all wish there was a simpler and easier way to stay trim and be healthy? That might be the case in our dreams or maybe a not too distant future, but for now we have to suck it up and make do with what we have available to us.
The biggest misconception about exercise is that it’s a chore – something we have to do regardless of how we think or feel. That could be something you tell yourself in order to get motivated at the moment but it definitely DOESN’T have to be the case. There are so many easy ways to incorporate exercise into your everyday life and focus on things you already love to do.
Brace yourself for a revelation. An epiphany. A sudden realisation that you’ve been doing it all wrong.
1. Make Time for Exercise
The most common excuse people give for not exercising is that they don’t have time for it. Think about this. If you watched television for half an hour a day, every day for a year then you would be spending 182.5 hours a year watching TV. That’s nearly 8 whole days a year! I’m no mathematician but that sounds like a ridiculous amount of wasted time. And the real shocking part is that most people spend far longer than that watching TV per day.
We are all guilty of lending too much attention to things that give little or nothing back to us in return. By doing this we are fundamentally letting the most precious thing we have go, time. You will never get those hours or days back, however if you spent that time exercising you could potentially be expanding your lifespan, making it possible to enjoy more of everything.
Now the easiest way you can make spare time and fit exercise into your extremely busy schedule would be to try and add activity into the things you already do every day – whether at home or at work.
Why not choose the stairs and get a workout whilst avoiding awkward elevator rides? How about parking your car further away to give you more of a distance to walk? You can also leave your desk at work occasionally to take a break to walk outside when the weather’s nice or stay inside and explore different areas of the building. This will give you a little stress break and let your eyes rest after staring at a computer screen for hours on end. These are just simple examples of things you could do.
2. Do What You Love
Maybe you enjoy walking, perfecting your garden or playing with your kids. When you enjoy exercise, you’re more likely to keep it up. You might want to try walking with friends, trying a new yoga class, joining a local sport group, going swimming at a nearby pool, dancing, or riding a bike around the park with your kids. Do anything that you love, that requires physical activity. It is literally as simple as that!
3. Set Small, Realistic and Specific Goals
If you decide to pick up jogging, start with running for 30 seconds and walking for two and a half minutes. The next week, run for 45 seconds and walk for one minute. Before you know it, you will be running for two-three minutes before you need to take a short walking break. And if you have some setbacks, that’s OK. Don’t expect to have rock-hard abs after a week of exercising, it’s physically impossible. In the end, you’ll see success if you stay consistent.
4. Eat More Healthily
This goes without saying. The secret to being healthy is having the right balance. There’s no point working out every day if you eat unhealthy food in-between. Yes, you can treat yourself to something yummy once in a while but just remember everything in moderation.
A proper balanced diet reinforces your exercise discipline and allows you to reach your health goals. When you get the instant craving for a snack, why not eat a snack bar or make yourself a meal replacement shake instead? USANA’s MySmartTM Bars and NutrimealTM range could be your tool to get on the right track! Click here for more information.
5. Plan for the Long Haul
Doctors recommend exercising for 30 minutes at least five times a week at a moderate level of activity (like gardening or walking). If that sounds overwhelming, build on small goals month-by-month. What else is going to help you reach your goals? Stay patient and positive until you get there – and you will get there. There is a saying. Good things only come to those who wait. Patience is key!
6. Recruit Help from Friends
Life changes are much easier to manage with a group of close friends and family supporting you. If you know someone who’s already active, ask them for tips or be brave and join them! In the end, it doesn’t really matter how you exercise, what‘s most important is finding a way to exercise doing what you love and making it a part of your daily routine.