By: Darci Maxwell
Exercising has so many benefits! It reduces the risk of disease, makes you feel and look better, improves your overall health, and can change the way you think and feel about yourself. Unfortunately, you can’t just run a marathon once and then be done exercising for the rest of your life. You need to exercise regularly to reap the health benefits. You should exercise about 30 minutes a day, every day. Developing a regular exercise routine can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. Read on for tips and tricks to help you develop a consistent routine, as well as the incredible benefits from having a set exercise schedule.
Tips and Tricks
Find a Friend
You are more likely to exercise regularly if you have a friend who is counting on you to come with them. Find someone to be your workout buddy and go to the gym together. If you cannot convince one of your friends to come along, many gyms have a board where people post that they are looking for a gym partner, so make a new friend at your favorite gym to work out with.
Do Something You Enjoy
If you hate running or lifting weights, don’t make it your daily exercise. Find a sport or activity that you enjoy and use it as your exercise. Are you a fan of Yoga? Basketball? Beach Volleyball? Tennis? Find a way to do those sports rather than hitting the weights. You are more likely to work out consistently if you are doing something that you enjoy.
Keep it Simple
When planning your exercise routine, do something simple. You don’t have to do crossfit in order to get in shape! Find exercises that work your whole body easily and effectively. Squats, step ups, push ups, planks, etc. are just as effective as an intense workout class at the gym. Just make sure that you are working your whole body as part of your regular routine.
Schedule Your Workouts
If you block out your workout on your calendar, and don’t let anything replace that time, you are more likely to exercise than if you tell yourself “Oh, I need to exercise sometime today.” Set aside the time to be healthy. If you simply need to write it down, write it down! If you need to create a sticker chart and reward yourself after you’ve been consistent for 21 days, then do that. Find a way to hold yourself accountable that works for you.
Sneak It Into Your Routine
If you feel like you don’t have time to work out, find ways to sneak it into your everyday routine. Park a little further away from work or the grocery store so that you have to walk. Get a standing desk or take the stairs more often. You can even work out while you cook dinner! This article gives ideas on how you can turn your evening meal prep into a workout!
Train for Something
While working out for the sake of working out is great, not very many of us have the determination to keep going without a reason. Give yourself a reason to work out by signing up for a competition or a race. If you don’t want to compete with strangers, get a couple of friends or coworkers to join you in a fitness challenge.
Set Small Goals
Rome wasn’t built in a day, so don’t expect your body to be either. Set small attainable goals for your personal fitness and go at your own pace. It is unwise to jump into something without taking the time to prepare your body. Setting small goals will also help you keep going. If you set large goals that will take too long to accomplish, you may become discouraged and stop your workout routine.
Regular Exercise Can Help With Addictions
If you are struggling with addiction, exercising may help. The Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Health recently conducted a study analyzing exercise and drinking habits. Those who did not exercise were twice as likely to abuse alcohol than those who exercised regularly. Exercise is good for anyone recovering from addiction, keeping you occupied and building your strength at the same time.
Regular exercise has many health benefits. It can reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and more. Of course it helps you control your weight, boosts your energy, and tones muscles, but it also can help you sleep better. Exercise is necessary, and having a regular exercise routine will help you reap all of these health benefits.
You’re More Likely to Do It If It’s Regular
If you develop a regular exercise routine, you will be more likely to keep doing it than if you exercise sporadically. Exercise will become a habit, and your body will feel different if you skip a workout.
Exercising Regularly Makes You Feel Better
Regular exercise improves your quality of life. You are able to move more freely, you won’t get winded walking up a flight of stairs, you’ll be able to keep up with your kids or grandkids, and more. It will also help sharpen your mind and help you feel happier, as exercise releases endorphins.
Having a regular exercise routine will prevent injury. Many injuries are sustained because people try to push themselves too hard, too fast. Common injuries are: breaks, fractures, sprains, pulled muscles, and the dreaded shin splints. Make sure to include a 5 minute warm up in your exercise to also prevent against injury.
Find a way to develop a regular exercise routine. If you don’t like lifting weights or running, find a sport or activity that works for you. You can participate in a sport, a class, or even sneak exercise into your everyday routine. Exercise has so many health benefits, that it is silly not to do it.
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