Do you hate to exercise but know you need to be more active to be healthy? Our bodies are designed to move and the benefits of exercise can be pursued in ways that are enjoyable which will also help you stick with it. If you are ready to take action and get moving more to lose weight, feel vibrant and/or improve your health then let’s explore ways to find exercise that complements your personality:
- WHAT – What did you enjoy doing as a youngster? Maybe bring that back or try something you’ve always wanted to do. You can try a formal fitness setting like a gym taking a spin, group fitness class or lifting weights on your own. Visit your local library or online source like YouTube for free home exercise ideas to try before you buy anything. The bottom line is to move your body more in ways that you find to be fun.
- WHERE – There are endless opportunities on where you can get moving and there’s no reason you can’t mix and match. Maybe weekends are for wandering in the woods or kayaking creeks while weekdays are structured with classes or videos to coordinate around work and family schedules.
- WHO – Are you more comfortable moving alone or would you prefer the camaraderie of others? If you prefer a group setting, find exercise buddies through a local club (walking, hiking, climbing, dancing, cycling, etc), post a notice at work or the local community center or simply invite a friend or two to join you. Social media resources offer ways to connect with the community as well or you can even create your own group. If you prefer to exercise solo then you are the master of your schedule and what form of exercise you choose.
- WHY – The link between exercise and good health is a strong one. Being active on a regular basis now allows you to enjoy health rewards into later life. It benefits everyday living as it helps you fall asleep faster, be more energized throughout the day and boosts concentration – all of which make work and play more satisfying. Waistlines trim from exercise, the risk of metabolic syndrome reduces, cholesterol levels lower, it strengthens muscles and bones which lowers the risk for osteoporosis, reduces blood pressure and improves mental welfare.
- WHEN – The frequency of activity is important and consistency pays off. Aim to be active doing what motivates you at a minimum of three days per week, 30 minutes per day with increased results found with more activity. Keep things simple so you don’t get overwhelmed and put your planned activity on the calendar so it is treated like an important appointment not to be missed.
Whatever the reason, if you’ve slowly turned into a couch potato, it’s time to get up and get moving. You’ll have a happier outlook and greater quality of life when you gift yourself the gift of fitness and reap further rewards when pairing exercise with a clean nutrition plan. If you need further assistance or have questions on getting started with your fitness or nutrition plan, reach out to N Good Health for resources.