Give your daily fitness regime a makeover with these simple steps, and learn to prioritise exercise every day.
Including physical activity into our day can be a struggle for many of us. Work or other commitments may take up a large portion of our time, and at the end of the day, it’s hard to generate the energy or motivation required for exercise. Diabetes NSW & ACT offer some simple ways to ensure physical activity remains a daily priority.
Make exercise an appointment
Put it in your calendar. Just like you would with a doctor’s appointment, schedule exercise into your diary and if something comes up respond with “sorry I have an appointment then”. After all, you exercise to ensure good health, just like you visit your doctor as part of looking after your health, so why treat these “appointments” any differently?
Exercise in the morning
Start your day by releasing endorphins. By going to an early gym class or on a morning walk, you’re ensuring you’ve accomplished your daily dose of physical activity before the other daily demands start to take up your time and energy.
Cater to your own likes & dislikes
Make sure you enjoy exercising! It’s easy to find excuses to NOT do something we don’t like doing; so find something you do like and that fits with your lifestyle, personality and taste. When it comes to exercise we are spoilt for choice. So don’t be afraid to experiment with different activities until you find the perfect exercise schedule that is achievable and enjoyable.
Make it social
Incorporate active get-togethers into social catch ups, or invite a friend or family member to exercuse with you. Take a dance class together, ride your bikes to the park, or take a walk along the beach. You’ll keep your fitness routine from going stale, hold each other accountable and discover ways to build regular exercise into your relationships.
Boost activity throughout the day
Think about opportunities throughout the day where you can boost your activity levels. Walk instead of driving short distances; park further away, or get off a bus stop or two before your destination; take the stairs rather than the elevator; or do strength exercises during the ad breaks.
Work out efficiently
Choose a workout you can do anywhere, with little preparation or equipment needed. You want to accomplish as much as possible in as short a time as possible. Body weight exercises and interval style sessions would are efficient exercise choices that don’t require much preparation or space time – so there’s no excuses!
Set a goal, track your progress and reward yourself
Setting a goal is key to keeping your exercise routine on track. For example, competing in a fun run will motivate you to stay on track and add purpose to every workout. Once you have set your goal, put an exercise plan in place that will build the fitness and stamina the event requires. Don’t forget to reward yourself for achieving your goal. A weekend getaway is the perfect way to do so!