As we age and go out into the work force it is easy to fall into a sedentary lifestyle and forget about daily exercise. Not everyone likes to spend hours at the gym lifting weights or riding stationary bikes. For a lot of people this type of exercise is just plain boring, but they think it is the only way they can get exercise as an adult. Not true. Don’t let your distaste for the gym keep you from getting your daily exercise. Here are a few tips to get you back on the exercise path and off of that couch.
Make it Fun
Remember how much fun it was when you were a kid to ride your bike, or play at the park. Use those memories to come up with an exercise regime that is more to your liking. Take regular walks to the park and swing on a swing, ride your bike to the corner market instead of driving the car, join a neighborhood softball or kickball league; anything that gets you moving again and off of the couch. Find a physical activity that you enjoy and include it in your daily or at the very least weekly routine. By doing this you will find that you are increasing your physical activity, without even noticing that you are working out, because you enjoy it.
Stop making Excuses
Just because it has been years since you have worked out, doesn’t mean that you can’t start today. Procrastination and excuse making will only get you farther from your ultimate goal. If you are concerned with health issues see your doctor before starting any exercise program. Beyond that there are phone applications, home workout equipment and videos, walking trails, and a host of other gym alternatives to get you back into working out. Figure out what you enjoy and take a few minutes to start today.
Count your Steps
One of the best exercises you can do is walking. Think about how many steps you take in a day. Even if you are only walking to the copier and back you are getting in a few steps during each day. Take this up a notch by
creating a daily challenge for yourself of getting in 10,000 steps per day. That may sound like a lot, but it is a reasonable yet challenging goal. All it takes are a few basic modifications such as parking farther from the door when running errands, using the stairs instead of the elevator, and any other ways that you can extend your walk or limit the use of transportation devices. You will be pleasantly surprised at how fast these little changes add up in steps.
Bringing exercise back into your life doesn’t have to be complicated or boring. However you do have to stop procrastinating and making excuses before you can get back on the path to good health and exercise. Figure out what you like and get started today.