There are many people who would say that they hate to exercise, or they do not have time to exercise. There are some people who even frown at the very mention of exercising, but it is important to remember that exercising is an essential part of living a healthy lifestyle and is as important as eating our meals regularly.
Exercise not only keeps you fit but also keeps you in perfect shape. Studies suggest that exercise helps you to think more clearly, sleep better, and keeps you energetic throughout the day. It also offers relief from mild depression and anxiety.
Although many people understand the importance of exercising, they find it hard to adopt the habit.
Team Medimanage suggests tips to stay motivated with your regular exercise program.
Always exercise on Monday to break through the psychological barrier surrounding the Monday doldrums. Never skip exercising for two consecutive days. It is important to keep up the routine intact, or else it becomes difficult to jump back into the same momentum.
- Start early in the morning
Exercise early in the morning. You can start your day with a walk, going to the gym or join the first batch of the aerobics classes. Exercising in the morning will keep you energetic, and you will find fewer reasons to skip exercising.
- Vary your exercise routine
Keep varying your exercise routine. This will challenge you physically and mentally. Studies suggest that the brain learns to compensate when you stick to the same old exercise routine. Performing the same exercise every day also burns off fewer calories, unless you provide variety to your fitness program.
- Choose your options
If you do not enjoy walking or jogging, you can play games like badminton, tennis, basket ball etc. It is important to play the sport everyday and not just twice a month. Play the sport at the same time so that you are scheduled to exercise every day.
- Increase your motivation levels
Motivate yourself to exercise by upgrading your gym membership, or by buying a new ipod that you could use while exercising or buy a pedometer to keep a track of your walking distances. Think of exercise as a part of your preparation for looking good, dealing with stressful situations, or just keeping fit. Exercise is a priority and if you need to spend money, it is still worthwhile.
- Do not weigh yourself everyday
Never weigh yourself every day, because it can frustrate anyone who is looking at losing weight through healthy exercise. It is important to remember that the body does not magically lose weight in a few hours. It is suggested that you should weigh yourself only once a week. Not knowing what the scales may say will keep the motivation level higher during the week.
Exercise with a partner who is equally serious about staying in shape. Working out with a partner will keep you motivated and also make the entire sessions a fun thing to do and not a routine.
Staying motivated when you hate to exercise may seem hard, but is important to set realistic goals and keep moving. Make your daily exercise a fun thing to do and it won’t seem like a chore.
Regular exercising will offer a lifetime of better health, more happiness and more energy for everything in your life.
So, stop making excuses and start moving!