To get healthy and stay healthy we need to be active each and every day whenever we can. Regular physical activity helps social and emotional health as well as our physical health.
Including simple activities throughout your day can make a huge difference to your health. Short bursts of 10 minutes in your daily routine can help when they add up to 30 minutes during most days of your week. You can also include exercise in your daily routine by scheduling walks, visits to the gym or sport.
Exercise Not Excuses
The most common excuse people use when it comes to explaining why they don’t exercise is they don’t have enough time. This time scarcity anxiety is a modern psychological phenomenon. Many of us really believe it.
Truth is, however, we have under-utilised, unproductive time between daily activities and office meetings. So, why not use that time for some light physical activity in your life?
Including exercise in your daily routine is one of the best and easiest steps you can take to improve your health. Physical activity can help you lose weight, reduce your risk of developing a chronic disease, improve your coordination and balance and even help you enjoy a great night’s sleep.
Happily the good news doesn’t stop there. You can start your tailored personal fitness program in five easy steps.
Assess Your Fitness Level: You probably have a feel for how fit you are. Assessing your baseline fitness score can set a benchmark for measuring your progress.
Map Your Personal Fitness Program: A plan is a great way to keep your exercise routine on track. So, identify your fitness goals, develop a balanced routine and start slowly and progress gradually
Pick Out Your Kit: Buy decent work out sneakers designed for your activity. Cross-training shoes provide great support but are heavier than running shoes. Choose exercise gear that’s practical and easy to use. A fitness app can track your steps, monitor your heart rate and total calories burned.
Just Start! Begin your fitness program by starting slowly and building up gradually. Exercise in short sessions a few times a day if that fits your schedule better than one 30-minute session. Listen to your body. If you experience pain, dizziness, nausea or shortness of breath take a break. Don’t push yourself too hard too soon. Remember be flexible. If you’re not feeling great, give yourself permission to take a day off.
Monitor Your Progress: Revisit your initial fitness assessment around six to eight weeks after starting your exercise program. Rinse and repeat every few months.
If you feel you are losing your motivation, try setting fresh goals or substitute a new activity or exercise venue. Try taking a class at a fitness centre or exercising with a friend to add variety to your routine. Including exercise in your personal routine is an important decision. But it shouldn’t be an overwhelming experience. Plan carefully, buy the right gear and pace yourself. Once you get started, you can establish a healthy daily routine that lasts you a lifetime.