I’ve been a regular exerciser for most of my life. I can’t remember a block of time when I didn’t exercise. Even after the births of my children– which were blessedly straightforward– I was reestablishing my regular exercise routine in two weeks. It’s just a part of who I am.
But for many people, getting into the habit of exercise is difficult. The key is to remove the roadblock elements and excuses. Are you fantastic at generating a wide variety of reasons *not* to exercise? If so, I suggest trying to exercise first thing in the morning. Set your alarm just fifteen minutes earlier than normal, and get up to go for a walk. It may not seem like much, but you can know that you have done something positive for your health. And do you really miss those last fifteen minutes of sleep? Probably not.
Do you have friends who struggle with exercising? Be a workout buddy. Even ifyou don’t live close enough to be an in-person buddy, use that early morning fifteen minute walk to chat on your cell phone with your friend. Now you’ve started your day with something good physically and emotionally. How is that for motivation?
Finding a group exercise class that fits your personality and fitness level is a great way to exercise consistently. Especially if the instructor knows you and helps you to feel accountable for your attendance, you’ll quickly establish a consistent exercise routine.
The benefits of consistent, regular exercise aren’t just physical. You’ll reap the rewards of less stress, increased blood flow to the brain, and the feel good endorphins that will give you a positive attitude.
Good health and great happiness to you.