Seven Easy Ways to Include Exercise in Your Daily Routine
Did you know the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week? That is because active individuals have a lower risk of serious health problems, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and obesity. In fact, studies have shown that obesity puts a person at a higher risk for developing serious complications from COVID-19. There has never been a better time to move more and start focusing on incorporating exercise into your daily routine. Try these simple tips:
Many people find exercising first thing in the morning is the easiest way to keep a daily routine. Try planning for your morning activity the night before. Lay out your exercise clothes, download a podcast episode or playlist and prep your before workout meal. It will make starting your day with exercise so much easier.
Small Steps Lead to Big Results
Committing to just 30 minutes of exercise per day will improve your health. But also, trying to move more and sit less can help. Some physical activity is better than none, so focus on what you can do during your day.
Do Something You Enjoy
Do you love being outside or walking? Then why run on a treadmill at the gym? The best way to stick with an exercise routine is to do something you enjoy.
If you find yourself struggling to make time for yourself, an exercise routine could be just what you need. Taking a solo run or walk is a great way to spend time alone, turn off your brain and decompress from every day stress. Lean into individual activities that encourage peace and calm, like yoga, stretching, running or walking.
If the thought of exercising alone doesn’t appeal to you, then recruit a friend or family member to join. Consider group activities like fitness classes or local park offerings like tennis or pickleball. You and your exercise buddies can motivate each other to stay consistent.
Convenience is Key
The more convenient your exercise routine is, the easier it will be to do it. If you have to drive out of your way to get to a fitness class, you’ll likely find excuses to skip it. Set yourself up for success and choose activities that can be done near your workplace or your home.
Track Your Progress
Using an activity tracker or smart phone app to track your progress can be motivational. Most offer the ability to set small goals and gradually build on them. Seeing your progress over time can help you stay engaged and continue to exercise.
Read more about the health benefits of exercise on the CDC’s website.