We all know. We’ve read about it, our doctors told us, our friends acknowledge that we should keep moving as we age. Not only does exercise help us move better in our daily life, it also contributes to brain and immunity health. How do you make this work if exercising has always been a struggle and a chore for you? Can you really start “enjoying” working out? Research tells us that you will enjoy the results that working out regularly will bring. After a month, you will have a perkier step, stronger body, better stamina, great sleep, and a more positive outlook.
1- Be consistent
Time to change the pattern of starting a class and quitting after a bit. Consistency will bring results. This is where knowing yourself helps a lot. Do you need accountability? Someone who is there to keep you going. Like a coach or a cheering guide. Some people have to pay money to feel their commitment. If that’s you, recognize it and find your solution.
2- Make it doable
Ok, you’ve joined a class (it’s Covid time so let’s assume it is an online class). Clear a spot in your home where you can easily spread your mat and move about. Keep the necessary equipment handy (like hand weights). In short, make sure you do not have to remodel your living room every time you want to exercise. Same idea goes for your workout clothes. Keep them easily accessible so you don’t have to search for your favorite socks before class.
3- Stick to it, don’t negotiate
Do not listen to that voice! The voice that tells you that you’ve exercised once this week and that is enough, you sure deserve another day off. Plan your workouts (in a planner if you need to) and stick to the schedule. Be safe and realistic when creating your schedule. In general, allow a day of rest after a weight lifting day to give time to your muscles to recover. And remember, consult your health care provider before starting a new exercise program.
This 3-ingredient recipe might sound very simple but I must tell you, over the years these are the three components that created a failproof plan to get unmotivated people to finally start and keep exercising.
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