Making fitness part of your daily life is probably easier than most people think, especially those who feel like they don’t have time. Not only scheduling your daily or weekly workouts and exercise routines, but just approaching your life with a little bit more of a healthy mindset, can be what makes the difference and turns you into an overall healthier individual. It may take more planning or coordinating, and the changing of old habits for new, but once you make the change, the rest will fall in to place.
Start with things that are easy to work on: can you ride your bike or walk somewhere that you usually drive to? Can you take the stairs instead of the elevator to get to your office? Can you take a break during the day and go outside for 10 minutes to walk around wherever you are? Suprisingly, these small, and not very time consuming actions, can make a difference if you add them up on a weekly or monthly basis.
Next, pay attention to your attitude to making daily exercise a priority. Being positive about physical activity and the benefits of the results can make all of the difference in regard to the success or failure. It may be tough, but you don’t have to say you hate it. And if you don’t say that, you most likely will feel better and have more fun in the process.
Yes, fun. Choose things you want to do that get you moving…not what someone else tells you to do, or things that you think you “should” do. That way you are more likely to stick with it and be successful in maintaining your health.
Try not to judge yourself or compare yourself to others. Recognize and appreciate your own talents and work with them. Again, you will be happier and more successful in the activities you choose.
Be mindful of your diet and try to stick to whole foods. Even if you need the convenience of something quick, take the time to plan enough so that you always have a healthy alternative for eating and snacking. Buy fresh foods that will provide you with long term nutrients and enable you to get through the day and your workouts.
Get enough sleep consistently so that you have the energy to exercise, as well as the ability to stay focused on what is important. It is always a struggle to try to get things done, particularly the things that keep you healthy, when you are exhausted. Understanding the importance of enough rest is also a critical piece to maintaining your health.