Do you tend to start an exercise routine only to stop a short while later? Do you lack the energy to knock out workouts on a regular basis? Check out these tips on How to Exercise Daily and Stick to it to help you achieve your fitness goals.
It is a rare thing indeed to find that person that literally loves to exercise. You know the type I am talking about. They are out running before the sun even rises in the sky and then can be found swimming laps every evening as the sun goes down. They walk to work and seemingly have boundless energy to do more. Have you ever dreamed of having that type of energy? I know I have.
The good news is that we can all exercise regularly. For those that start and stop all the time, you can learn How to Exercise Daily and Stick to It. No more starting and stopping for you. Here are some tips to make it happen starting today!
How to Exercise Daily and Stick to It
Accept who you are. When it comes to exercise, we rarely perform like…well, us. This is particularly true of newbies that have not exercised in a while. We start thinking of of all those young, powerful bodies we see on the television. We think of the body builders and have dreams of washboard abs. We think of Richard Simmons. Some do, really!
The fact is, we have to be us. We have to exercise in a way that makes sense to our own situations, bodies, and fitness level. If we try to be someone else, we get blasted out. We wake up the next day unable to get out of bed. We find our arms hurting so badly that we can’t even brush our teeth without moaning. That will not keep us exercising. You will eventually tap out and quit.
Start exercising at a level that feels good and that you will maintain. It is good to push yourself some, but there is no reason to work yourself to the point of muscle fatigue on day one.
Become the tortoise. This seems counterproductive when it comes to exercise but that is not quite what I mean. What I am referring to is your expectations. Who among us has not blasted out a workout and then went to the scale within a few hours to see what happened? I see you smiling. You know it is you. Why go into the exercise arena expecting an instant transformation? It rarely works that way.
Instead, go in with a slow and steady attitude that will eventually yield the results you are looking for. With that type of attitude, you will stay with it and reach the finish line.
Commit to movement. Changing our most basic habits can make a huge difference. You need to commit to taking the more difficult routes. Park at the back of the parking lot (when safe to do so) and take the steps each and every day. Don’t sit through your lunch break when you are done eating. Eat and then get out and take a stroll.
Movement is going to translate to bonus exercise. It will help your bottom line and it is something that comes up constantly throughout the day. If you commit to stay moving, you will start to see results. Results will then empower you to go on.
Review your reasons for exercising. Some folks exercise for a new body. The truth is, that is a slippery slope. Instead of exercising to transform your body, why not focus instead on your mind? Why not focus your reasons on your health? These are much better reasons.
When you focus your exercise around your body shape or your appearance, you are much more likely to lose motivation and quit. The reason is simple. Results are not instant and they often are hidden. The benefits we get from exercising are not always readily apparent but they are there. If you are doing it for health and for a strong spirit, you will get that “just stepped on the scale and lost five pounds” rush each and every time you exercise. Best of all, it won’t be at the mercy of a whimsical and often frustrating scale.