Editors Note: This is a guest post from Eric Hulse.
The number one excuse I get from my clients concerning lack of exercise is that they don’t have time. I understand that most people over schedule themselves each day and exercise is usually put on the back burner. However, if you want to live a truly healthy life, one filled with energy and stamina, exercise is a must!
Below are several tips that I use both with myself and clients to get them started on an exercise routine that sticks!
Change your mindset
The first thing you have to do is get into the right mindset. It’s not enough to say, “Ok tomorrow I will begin”. Without a strong determination to get started, you will most likely fail. I suggest taking 10-15 minutes alone and talk to yourself. Not in the crazy kind of way, but in order to prepare your mind to commit and begin.
It may be helpful to create a personal list of reasons why it’s so important to exercise. Perhaps you want to reduce the effects of heart disease, look good in a bathing suit, or have enough energy in the day. Developing a plan to incorporate exercise into your day should always begin by setting a solid foundation for success and that starts with your mind.
MAKE the time
Our days are jam packed with business meetings, commuting to work, and driving our kids from one activity to the next. It’s no wonder each day seems to fly by. So we must MAKE the time each day to exercise. Finding the time is easy but these changes do require a little but of discipline. Start by waking up a little earlier each day. Set your alarm clock five minutes earlier each day until you reach a half an hour. This should be enough time to get a good workout in (see below).
Stop watching TV A lot of our day is wasted in front of the television. Several hours can we freed up just by reducing the amount of time we spend staring at the “boob tube”! Spend some time “unplugged”. We are all attached to our electronics! I’m guilty of it myself. Dedicate a certain block of time each day away from anything with an on and off button. You’ll be amazed at how much more productive you will become each day!
Do something you enjoy
Exercise shouldn’t really be a chore. Find something you look forward to doing!Something that inspires you and gets you pumped up! This does not have to be something traditional. Gardening, walking the dog, and washing your car are all activities that get your body moving. Or you may enjoy yoga, bike riding, running, using free weights, or taking a dance class. Whatever it is, you should like doing it. Also switch up your routine frequently so you don’t get board and lose motivation.
Make it short
There’s really no reason exercising should take a huge chunk of time to complete. A great workout can be completed in 20 – 30 minutes. Keep the intensity high and stay focused. Try sprinting, use the tabata format or incorporate some high intensity internal training. You can also try 20 minutes of light stretching or yoga if you prefer something a little calmer. Do a little research on the internet. YouTube has tons of videos to help you get started. The possibilities are end less.
Turn it into a habit
Set a goal for one month to exercise each day for 10 – 30 minutes. Schedule this time into your day like an appointment or business meeting. Creating an exercise habit is easier than you think. Get people to hold you accountable. Tell everyone you know about your commitment. Journal or blog about your journey and create an environment that inspires you to stay active. Place motivational sayings or pictures around your house to keep you motivated. If a month seems too long to start begin with a week and build from there.
Living a holistically healthy life involves taking care of mind, body, and spirit. In my opinion, exercising is a great way to incorporate all three aspects. Follow the tips above to develop a routine that works for you. Stay strong, motivated, and have FUN!
Eric Hulse is a Holistic Health Coach. His practice focuses on teaching parents how to regain control of their health in order to improve the health of their families. Visit his website or follow him on Facebook for tips on how to increase your energy, reduce daily stress, and regain your happiness.
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