We have all seen the research that’s all over the place. Regular exercise is good for you. It can reduce your chances of things like heart disease, cancer, stroke, and the list goes on. It can even help improve mental health. Sounds appealing, right? So why do so few of us actually do it?
A multitude of reasons. Life, for one. Competing priorities make it hard to devote the time needed to stay in shape. Energy is often lacking. Then there’s the awful belief that you “just can’t”.
Sometimes it’s a matter of igniting the motivation, other times it’s a matter of tweaking what you do to make it a lasting habit. Some may have a chronic illness that adds a layer of difficulty, even though we’re told it will help improve the very symptoms that are getting in the way. This section will help you re-think your barriers and find ways to work more activity into your life as it is now.
One of the best ways to stay motivated and keep up a fitness routine is working out with a partner. Here’s what to look for.
One of the best strategies regular exercisers use is keeping exercise reminders around all the time. Research shows this is part of the process of developing a habit. Here are ten easy tricks to try: Put Exercise Reminders On Your Body If your schedule allows it, put your athletic shoes on when you get dressed. … Continue reading Workout Reminders to Get You Moving
STARTING FROM NOTHING? You have probably read by now that a common recommendation is taking 10,000 steps per day. Most people walk about 3,000-5,000 each day, which doesn’t give us much health benefit. With our computer-working, tv-watching, long-commuting lifestyles, we sit way too much. It’s turning out to be just as hazardous for our health … Continue reading Steps per Day: Getting Started
Group fitness classes are a great way to establish an exercise routine that’s fun. It can also improve your fitness with regular attendance. Here are some more benefits: It’s Scheduled Many of us have the best of intentions, but when it comes down to it, if we have to initiate exercise, we’ll say “later”. The … Continue reading Group Fitness: Make Your Routine Stick
EXERCISE AND YOUR SELF-IMAGE We all know that regular physical activity is good for us, both in the here-and-now, and in the long-run. If we all know that, then why do so few of us actually do it? One thing we know is we all have our own definitions of ourselves, and the area of … Continue reading Can You Change How You See Yourself?
IT DOESN’T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT Remember that time you woke up one morning and decided to start exercising every day from here on out and you did it? Me neither. Unless you are a born athlete who hasn’t stopped moving since you were a kid, you probably struggle with getting started and staying active. So many … Continue reading Becoming an Exerciser: It’s a Process