Friday, August 4, 2017

Ways to Make Exercise Fun #1

Are you intimidated by exercise? You know it's good for you but you can't seem to find time for it? Like most activities, exercise gets easier with practice. And you are more likely to stick with something that you enjoy. Make it fun!

Start slowly
Aim for 30 minutes of moderate cardio, such as brisk walking, and build from there. If you have an injury or medical condition, check with your doctor first.

Work with a trainer
It's good to understand proper form before jumping into an exercise program. The trainer can demonstrate correct alignment and suggest appropriate exercises for your current level and progressive exercises as you get stronger.

Make it part of your daily routine
Put exercise on your calendar just like you would for any other appointment. Working out at the same time each day means you'll be less likely to miss a session.

Move to music
Music adds to your workout by setting the pace and elevating your mood. Studies have shown that listening to music makes exercise, even high-intensity interval training, seem easier. Check out my blog post from April 15, 2016 for more on how music motivates.

Think positive
Don't let defeatist thoughts deter you. For example, instead of "I'm too old (too fat, too tired) to get in shape." remind yourself "Day by day, step by step, I'm getting stronger."

Check back next week for five more ways to make exercise fun. 

Stay Active, Keep Moving and
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