Considering the ratio of inactivity in our lives, exercise is no doubt a hard feat to beat. Working eight to nine hours at work, and handling all kinds of stress, the body is tired, drained and out of its zone. This is why most people simply scoff off the idea of exercise and would rather go on crash diets instead (that is nothing short of slow torture, by the way)!
So, spare your body the torture and start adopting an active lifestyle. The sooner you fall in love with exercise, the easier life would be. Here are six tips to help you love the moves and ditch the couch!
- Start Small
Don’t start with a bombastic goal. Instead, start with achievable goals. Don’t plan for a month in advance. Instead, take it one day at a time. Plan and decide to exercise for three to four days a week, and stick to it. Experts suggest you exercise 15 to 16 days a month in the initial phase.
- Keep A Journal
You’ve got two ways to do this – either you keep a diary or you use your smartphones and tablets for this purpose. With the amount of note-keeping apps out there, you can easily keep track of all your physical activities. What’s the benefit of this? It will help you understand your goals better and the progress along with it. You can even share your goals with your spouse, friends and workout buddies for motivation and inspiration.
- Dealing With Willpower Drains
Boring presentations, addictive books, slow movies and others of similar likes sort of switches off your willpower for exercise. Try not to postpone your exercise. Get on it in the wee hours of the morning when you don’t have workload pressures on you.
- Start Forming A Habit
You need willpower for this and if you practise persistence, you can easily get into the habit of exercise. Try not to skip any day for an exercise. You either do an hour or half an hour or even 15 minutes; just as long as you do it. This persistence will ensure you get into a proper habit of exercise and you won’t have to force yourself to start all over again. People usually fail when they stick to a number. For instance, “I have to do one hour of exercise or 30 minutes.” But, when they can’t do that, they give up. You don’t need to be like that. Give it the 10, 15 or 30 minutes that you have if you don’t have that hour. You’ll notice a difference soon enough.
- Be Optimistic
You failed once? No problem, just try again. You have to keep on doing it until you reach your goal, because continuing after a failure is easier than letting it go and having to start all over again after a long gap. Be optimistic – you never get good things in life without putting up a struggle. That’s what makes it worth it.
- Do Something That’s Fun
Exercise doesn’t mean having to stick to the gym or the exercise mat in your room. Exercise is about having rigorous physical movement. So, anything that you can do with your husband, kids, and family is likely to bring positive results. Take a walk every evening with your partner. Go cycling with your kids every morning. Take your pet out for a walk in the evening after work. All these physical activities will not only be fun, but would also help you get into the physical fitness mode.