Here’s a fact: you know you should exercise.
I know you know because your body and mind are just screaming for it.
It might be a subtle scream that sounds more like “I hate to exercise and I’m never going to do it”, than “Get your butt out of that chair and move!”, but believe me, your body really is screaming for exercise.
Why? Tons of reasons, and you know all of them:
- Exercise helps you control your weight
- It helps fight nasty diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, and quite possibly, cancer.
- It changes your mood – especially when you’re finished, am I right?
- Exercise helps you sleep better
- And, believe it or not, exercise can be FUN!! And we all need to have a little more fun in our day.
Watch today’s video and then read on!
So why not make today the day that you get started?
If you’re about to say that you can’t do it today cuz you’re too busy, phooey! Make time. I’m sure you can spare a few minutes.
If you’re about to say that you don’t know how or where to start, I’ll take that excuse off the table right now.
Here are 5 ways to get moving and start an exercise program. Take a look and leave a comment below sharing what you’re going to do today!
1. Pick something you enjoy.
As you saw in the video, exercise comes in so many different forms! I’m sure there are lots of things that you enjoy that involve movement; pick one! Walking is a fantastic place to start. But dancing, gardening, vacuuming, also count. Like pushups? Drop and give yourself 5. Have a gym membership that’s gathering dust? Decide to pay it a visit…
2. Set an attainable goal & commit to yourself
The best thing you can do to sabotage your success is making a goal that is unrealistic like, “I’m going to run in the NYC marathon in 2 weeks” or I’m going to go to the gym every day for 2 hours”. No you’re not, I can tell from here! Set your sites on a reasonable and attainable goal and then inch it up over time. A great first goal: I’m going to exercise today. Commit to it and you will make it happen.
3. Start slow and build up
If you haven’t exercised in a while, you’ll do more harm than good by going overboard on the first day. Do your movement of choice for a short amount of time – 5 to 20 minutes – and see how you feel the next day. From there, build up until you are moving 30 minutes or more a day, 4 to 5 times a week.
4. Leverage your commitment by telling someone
When you tell a friend or family member about your fitness goals you do two things. First, you leverage yourself. You’re much more likely to stay on track when you’ve told a friend what you’re up to. You don’t want to embarrass yourself by saying you quit after two days… You want to show your pal what you’re made of… the goal reaching stuff. The second reason to tell a friend is that he or she may want to take the journey with you. Then you’ll really have an accountability partner. Whoo hoo!
5. Make sure you have quality footwear
Ya, I know that this may not seem like an inspirational finish, but I’ve got to tell you, having good shoes makes all the difference. No matter what you do for exercise, your back, knees, hips and legs will either thank you or curse you depending on your footwear. To assure you get your program off to a good start, wear shoes that fit, that are comfortable, and that have good cushion and support for your tootsies. Remember, you’re in this for the long run. Be nice to your feet.