Whether you’re starting exercise for the first time or re-starting after taking a break, these tools will get you moving. At any rate it’s never too late (or early) to begin exercise.
It's a little over half way since the first of the year and now is a great time to revisit goals, intentions, and reflections set at the New Year. If you’re chugging away at your goal until December 31, good for you! If you haven’t taken out your exercise sneakers yet, also good for you. From either place, there’s a process and work to be done. With exercise, the work is in daily motivation, planning, and action and the perfect time to start is now.
What’s your motivation? Get clear on this. When people have purpose behind their goals they are more likely to meet their goals. If their reason why is clear even more so. For example, is iit to look better naked? To lift a grandkid off the floor? To birth a grandkid? Climb a 14er? Feel less knee pain? Whatever your goal is, know that it is yours and you’ll need to be clear and find what works best for you in accomplishing this goal. Also remember you can have more than one goal!
Plan to exercise. You won’t meet your goals by staring at a vision board or doing only part of your said workout. Use a timer, a smart watch, or carve away time in your calendar and stick to it. Be your own advocate and make sure it gets done. People will soon relate to you as someone who takes their workout seriously and you will too. Everything will get done and your workout may only be 20 minutes per day. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends all healthy adults ages 18-65 years should participate in 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise and 2 days of muscle strengthening activities that target all major muscle groups per week (1).
One helpful tool for people new to exercise or experts is to either lay out your gym clothes or wear them first thing in the morning. This sets the stage for movement and exercise first thing before work, childcare, errands, social commitments, etc.
Take action. Do what you say you’re going to do. And keep doing it. Consistency is the best and only way to get results that last. Establishing new habits sets the tone for lifelong wellness and happiness. This has an effect on your community. When people around you see you healthy and happy that rubs off on them, they may want to know what you're doing!
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