There is no denying the health benefits of exercise. Whether it’s walking, running, biking, dancing or yoga, physical activity is just good for you.
Starting a fitness routine and making the choice to exercise can be tough. The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity, such as walking, on most days of the week. The fact is, taking time out of your day to exercise takes time and only you can make it a priority. Making the decision to get moving is making the decision to carve out 30+ minutes to exercise which might mean skipping your favorite episode of Real Housewives or not folding that last load of laundry. Finding 30 minutes in your already busy day can be hard, but it can be done.
Here are my 10 fitness tips to help you find 30 minutes a day and to help you say YES to fitness.
- Choose activities that you enjoy. You are more likely to make something you enjoy a habit. If you don’t like running then don’t do it. Hate swimming love walking, go for a walk instead.
- Block the time out on your calendar. Take a look at your weekly calendar and daily calendar and make an appointment with yourself to exercise.
- Start slow and build. When people start out “GUNG HO” and are too aggressive when starting a fitness routine, they tend not to stick with it.
- Sign up for something. Weather it is signing up for a month of dance classes or your first 5K walk. Signing up for something helps with commitment.
- Listen to music that motivates you. Check out my playlists for some great workout jams.
- Find a partner to keep you accountable. Find someone to meet you at the gym or someone who is also making a fitness a priority. Talk to them and share your experiences.
- Log it or cross it off your TO DO list. Keeping a fitness log and writing it down when your done helps with a sense of accomplishment. On days that your not “feeling it”, look at all that your have done in the past and use your past fitness accomplishments as motivation to keep going.
- Celebrate your accomplishments. Achieving a fitness goals is as worthy of celebration as losing 10 lbs.
- Be prepared. Pack your gym bag the night before the gym or leave a pair of athletic shoes at work so you take that scheduled walk at lunch.
- It is important. Don’t feel like it is not as important as folding laundry or sweeping the floors.
So are you ready to Say YES to Fitness?