If you’re having trouble sticking to an exercise routine chances are you’re not alone!

Despite the many great reasons to exercise, from boosting energy levels, enhancing our mood, improving the quality of our sleep to reducing stress and anxiety and combating depression, many of us struggle to make exercise part of our daily routine despite our best intentions.

However, making exercise an enjoyable part of your everyday routine may be simpler than you think.

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If understanding why to exercise is important were sufficient, we’d all be in fabulous shape. Converting exercise into a routine requires the right mindset and a savvy approach.

We all know the havoc poor health or a busy schedule can play with your exercise routine, for most of us, the biggest barriers to exercising regularly are mental. Perhaps it’s a lack of self-confidence or a struggle with motivation. All of us have been there at some point.

Whatever your fitness level or age there are simple steps you can take to ensure your exercise routine is less painful and intimidating and more fun and rewarding.

  1. Start Small And Gradually Build Momentum

Set yourself a modest goal. Start with easy exercise goals you are comfortable with. Once you are meeting your initial goals, your self-confidence will blossom and give you the momentum to progress on to more challenging goals.

  1. Ditch The All-Or-Nothing Mindset

You don’t have to spend countless hours in a gym to enjoy the benefits of an exercise routine. A little exercise is preferable to nothing. Scheduling a modest amount of physical activity in your weekly routine can positively enhance your mental as well as your physical health.

  1. Be Kind To Yourself

Giving yourself a break increases your chances of succeeding. So, don’t beat yourself up about your fitness, your body or your willpower or lack of it. Rather, look at your previous unhealthy choices as learning and growth opportunities.

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  1. Manage Expectations

You’re not going to transform your body overnight. Expecting too much, way too soon sparks frustration. Focus on consistency rather than obsessing over results. Improvements in energy levels and mood may happen quickly while your physical results come with time.

  1. Reward Yourself

People with a regular exercise routine enjoy the greater sense of well being it brings to their lives. When you’re starting out, give yourself little rewards each time you reach a fitness goal. It can be as simple as enjoying a sublime cup of coffee or an indulgent hot aromatherapy bath.

Final Observation

The important thing to remember about sticking to an exercise routine is something is always an improvement on nothing. Going for a walk each morning is better than lazing on your couch. The current recommendation for adult exercise is at least 150 minutes of moderate activity each week. Exercising for 30 minutes, 5 times a week gets you there. Can’t allocate 30 minutes in your crammed schedule? Break your exercise routine into two 15-minute workouts or three 10-minute workouts. It works!

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