Exercising can be exciting again! Taking small steps is the key to getting back into exercising! Furthermore, it doesn’t matter what kind of exercise you do, as long as you enjoy it! Take a look at these tips to get off of the couch and back into a daily exercise routine.
Do Not Over Think It!
I know that I, myself, spend a lot of time thinking about what I should be doing compared to what I am actually doing! When thinking about exercise, a lot of negative thoughts can creep in, ruining the vision! Thoughts like, “It’s going to be too hard,” or “I’m going to look stupid,” are not necessarily the truth ─ and this is considered over thinking it!! I know that when I do finally get up and get moving, I now think, “Why was I so worried before?” And, you will too! So, just get up and get started!
Start Off Slow!
Why do we always feel that if we don’t spend a particular period of time exercising that it is not worth it? Start slow! Don’t worry about how long you are spending doing it. Then, gradually work up to a longer time each day ─ Even if it’s for a few minutes!
Find an Activity That You Enjoy Doing!
I can’t stress this enough! If you don’t like to do it, you probably will start to dread your daily exercise routine. Dreading anything is not good! So, . . . find something that you like to do! How about hiking, biking, swimming or walking your dog? You don’t need to go to the gym, do aerobics or even yoga ─ if you don’t want to! If you are not sure, try different physical activities until you find one that you enjoy!
Change Up Your Daily Activity!
You should change up your daily activity for several reasons. First, so that you don’t get bored. Second, so that you work out different parts of the body on different days. Some activities, such as most outdoor activities, you can change up by just changing the location. Hike a different trail with a different level of difficulty. Walk or jog with your dog at a different park each day. For other activities, such as swimming, you can change the kind of stroke you are doing.
Find Multiple Activities That You Enjoy and Make a Weekly Schedule!
Say you enjoy walking your dog and swimming. Well, plan days for dog walking and other days for swimming! Or, if you have a bunch of activities you enjoy, start a weekly routine which includes them all!
Get A Calander and Start a Monthly Goal!
Get a calendar and hang it up right where you will always see it! Out of sight is out of mind, so don’t do that! Just by seeing it every day or each time you enter a room, it will help you to stay focused, on task and to accomplish your monthly goal! On this calendar, you should have all the days filled in that you plan to exercise ─ with your desired activity. For outdoor activities, in the case of rain, think of an activity that you can do indoors as a substitute. Or, if you do go to the gym or schedule indoor activities on some days, sub out the days so that you are still getting a variety of activities for the week. Cross off each day as you complete your activity! Now, look at how fast you are accomplishing your monthly goal!
In conclusion, these are just a few ideas that can help you get moving again and there are tons of activities that you can do! Take a moment and brainstorm all of the activities that you might want to try. Then, get out and do them!
Furthermore, don’t forget to stretch out before and after you exercise! To learn of some beginning stretching techniques, take a look at Get Fit by Jillian Michales! I really liked these ones to get started!
Remember too, that after exercise it is normal for your muscles to be tired and sore. To help out, use an all-natural pain relieving formula!
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Good luck to you!
Robin and the ZEN Team
*Note: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any health condition. Therefore, ask your doctor about any health concerns that you might have and seek proper medical treatment.
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