When it comes to being fit, whether it is the start of your journey or continuing down the path, some of the biggest obstacles come from life happening around you. We often are filled with excuses because we are tired, but activity can actually increase energy throughout the day. Sometimes you just want to relax or spend time with family, but you can make it a fun activity that can include friends and family. You just have to find the missing piece to the puzzle that is your health. In the end keep it simple, make it fun, and think about how much better you will feel once you are on the right path.
- Find 5 minutes – Carving out time is the biggest obstacle when planning to exercise. Some may think they need an hour to accomplish a good workout, but that is just not the case. You can accomplish great goals in a short amount of time and 5-10 minutes a day is a great place to start. Put exercise in your calendar and set an alarm. Walk during a work break or lunch hour, do 5 minutes of jumping jacks in front of the TV, or try 30 second increments of a plank hold for a few sets.
- Do something you enjoy – Another reason some people don’t exercise is because they don’t enjoy it. Find something you like and that will motivate you. Maybe for you that’s taking a dance class, lifting weights, or riding your bike to work.
- You don’t need fancy equipment – You can get a lot done without having a gym membership or equipment. Do movements using your own body weight or objects around your house, maybe some yoga stretches, or find a quick workout video on the internet.
- Find support – Grab a friend or coworker to exercise with. Motivate and keep each other accountable. If you like exercise classes, make friends that will encourage you to come back. Social support can help maintain exercise programs and sustain fitness goals.