If you are having trouble keeping up with your daily exercise routine or you keep on putting it off, this article is best for you. Here are some of the best tips given by trainers and people who exercise regularly to help you exercise regularly. Hope these will help you stick to your workouts for years to come.
- Exercise first before everything else.
Exercise first thing in the morning. Excuses will easily get in if you let it sit till the end of the day. You will probably be tired to work out by the end of your shift.
- Take a different perspective: See the glass as half full
Take the focus off what you lose by exercising (like maybe your couch potato time) and look at all the things you gain, says Tom Holland, Ironman triathlete and author of Beat the Gym. “You can get discouraged by setting unrealistic expectations, such as quick weight-loss goals, for example. But mood boost, gaining functional strength [the type that enables you to perform everyday tasks with ease] and easing pain [studies show that exercises help ease joint pain] can be great motivators.”
- Make the most out of your time
Don’t wait for the perfect moment to do your workout.
“Short workouts and staying active throughout the day count towards calorie burning,” says Holland. “Truly fit people move around all day long. I’ll do a set of push-ups or squats during the day when I get a minute. It all adds up.”
- Get out
Despite of having a complete workout equipment at home, your motivation to workout can still be low.
“I think it’s important to get out of the house,” says Richard Moore, 57, a 40+ year veteran of weight training and gym member, and president of Coldwell Banker Platinum Properties, Irvine, Calif. “I have equipment at home, but find it hard to get motivated.”
Plus, you can benefit from sunlight to stimulate Vit. D production in your skin.
- Imagine the future
Picture yourself years from now, says Mark Nutting, 58, co-owner of Jiva Fitness, Easton, Pa. “When you reach 50 years old, you potentially have another 50 in front of you. Ask yourself: What are those years going to look like? Will they be filled with new activities that challenge you and keep you engaged in life or will they be years of disability, walkers and caretakers?” If you envision the former, you’ll be sure to keep up your fitness. Adds Nutting: “Ask yourself, ‘What would happen if I stopped?’”