Getting back into the swing of exercise can be tough, so can maintaining it. It’s really important you get your mind on board (that’s why we spend so much time talking about motivation, goals and mindset!). Make sure you enjoy what you’re doing, set realistic goals and if your efforts at exercising are not going as well as you had planned, take a look at these tips. They might help get you back on track.
Tip #1 Do Something You Enjoy
Exercise doesn’t have to mean spending hours at the gym peddling away on a stationary bike. It doesn’t mean you have to spend money on exercise gadgets you will likely never use, either. Anything you do to get your body moving is going to be better than doing nothing. Walking is an easy exercise that you can do just about anywhere, in any climate. Bike riding, dancing, gardening, weight lifting, swimming, playing a favourite sport, house cleaning and even playing in the yard with your children are just some of the ways you can add exercise into your daily routine.
Tip #2 Schedule Time for Exercise
As you would a meeting or a doctor appointment, sometimes the only way to make time to exercise is to put it on your daily schedule. We’ve all got busy lives and we’re often so busy taking care of others that we never seem to make time for ourselves. Once exercise becomes part of your daily To-Do list, you’re more likely to do it. Some people have only a certain time during the day available for exercise while others will have to vary the time each day. Some people need a nudge and for them, exercising with a friend is a good solution. Choose whichever way works best for you. Just remember to actually go and do it!
Tip #3 Remember that Exercise Can Energise
Even though you might feel too tired to exercise, give it a try anyway. You might be surprised to find how energised you feel while you’re at it and afterwards, when you’re finished. Exercise is a great stress-reliever too and if you know anything about stress, you know that it is one of the body’s biggest energy-sappers. We suffer from this too, some mornings you just don’t feel like it, but you always feel better afterwards 🙂
Tip #4 Don’t be Afraid to Mix it up
Like anything that is done over and over again, exercise can become mundane and your body adapts fast to whatever you’re doing. When you get bored with exercising, you’re less likely to keep at it. To keep from getting bored with your workout routine, change it – you’ll get better results too by mixing things up. If you’re tired of walking, try cycling. If you’re into weight lifting, try alternating this with cardiovascular exercises throughout the week. Go bowling or play a game of tennis once in a while, and if you find you enjoy these types of activities, join up with a team.
Tip #5 Always Begin by Warming up
Regardless of the type of exercise you choose, it is very important that you begin each session by warming up your muscles. Stretching helps prevent damage to muscle tissue and it gets your blood flowing. It gets your heart pumping, too. Just five minutes is all it takes to get your exercise session off to a good start. Do stretch at the end too – this is why we finish our retreat days with stretching or yoga.