It is challenging to stick to any exercising routine. Face it; it is much easier to make a fitness resolution than to find a motive to follow through with that resolution. Everyone makes the best resolutions for a new year and then loses momentum, confidence, and motivation as the year goes by. Just a few days or weeks ago, what you considered very feasible somehow turned impossible. And while it is easy to blame life’s happenings for not being able to take care of yourself, the biggest culprit is the mind that makes you believe in those excuses. This article at HelpGuide by Lawrence Robinson, Jeanne Segal, and Melinda Smith speaks about easy steps to introduce and sustain exercise in your daily routine.
Before You Decide Exercising Is Not for You
There are many benefits to exercise and too many excuses to give it up. Here are a few tips to keep you going:
- If you do not want to or cannot exercise for hours, it is okay to exercise for the little time that you can.
- Practice self-compassion, learn from your past mistakes, and make healthy choices.
- Set realistic expectations. Do not get demotivated if your target is overwhelming. Take one day at a time.
Common Excuses and Solutions
- I hate exercising – Find a physical activity that you like instead of forcing yourself to go to the gym.
- I am swamped – Do the spontaneous exercise of 5 mins every hour if you cannot dedicate an hour.
- I am too drained – Exercise can boost those energy levels whenever your energy levels drop.
- I am too obese/ old or have health issues – You can talk to your doctor, get a safe exercise routine, and strengthen yourself.
- I am not athletic – Take up any physical activity you enjoy like swimming, walking, or doing more chores around the house.
The authors also discuss how much exercise is ideal for you, getting started safely, and making exercise a sustainable habit. Additionally, they share ways to inculcate more exercise with daily activities and how to stay motivated.
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