A New Year, a new you is usually what we like to think happens. You create New Year resolutions to lose weight, get in shape, exercise more, start a new career, or maybe buy a new home. Everyone wants to strive for something better or to be happier, what one does not count on is the fact that it is usually hard to do it alone or without a plan of some kind. That is why most people fail when it comes to their resolutions. When it comes to being healthier, getting in shape or losing weight – exercise is a big part of these resolutions.
No matter what your resolutions are they must be taken in small steps in order to have a lasting or permanent change because let’s face it nothing gets reinvented overnight.
Here are the first 6 of 12 ways to incorporate exercise into your lifestyle:
1. Create a mindset to move more – if you sit for long periods of time, try to get up for 10 minutes every hour and walk, start taking the stairs, walk around your workplace, stretch in your chair, park away from a store an entrance to your designated location, stand while on the phone, and if you watch TV this time can also be used by stretching or using a resistant bands at the same time.
2. Commit to your activity – commit to being active regularly. Schedule exercise like you would appointments on your calendar, even if it is only 15 minutes. Take a short walk after dinner and build up to a power walk from there; take exercise or fitness classes, swim, or even sign up for dance classes. Whatever you choose to do remember to start out small and build every day from there.
3. Find a favorite – if you do not enjoy it, you will not continue to do it. Try different forms of exercise and in different settings in order to find the right type of exercise for you. Maybe you would enjoy a spin class, aerobics, a simple exercise video in the privacy of your own home, swimming or dancing, or with an exercise buddy in the fitness room of your employment. Find the one thing that you enjoy doing that gives you energy, clear focus and concentration.
4. Don’t focus on the numbers – if you focus on weight loss then you may become discouraged if you do not see the results quick enough. Concentrate more on how good your body feels as you become stronger and healthier; and the emotional level that exercising has given you.
5. Cardio is not the only exercise – doing just cardio isn’t the way to go there should be some strength training involved as well. It helps to retain muscles as you age and an effective metabolism. Divide strength training up throughout the week focusing on one muscle group a day.
6. You should always come first – stress can take focus away from caring for yourself but if you neglect yourself you may create more problems than you solve. You aren’t going to be able to take care of anyone else if you don’t take care of yourself first. Make sure to take 15 minutes out for yourself each day no matter what.
So be sure to take time out for you and find a way to put exercise into your life one small step at a time.
If you need help finding a plan that best suits your lifestyle or would like help in discovering the what works best for you, contact me for your personalized plan. Please leave me a comment as well.
Come back tomorrow for the next part of this blog, the last 6 ways to incorporate exercise into your lifestyle. Please visit my website for more information on getting healthy at http://www.nspirehealthyliving.com.
Mavis Kelley, CHHC, AADP is a Certified Integrative Health and Wellness Life Coach specializing in nutrition, health, well-being, and lifestyle design. For more information or to schedule a breakthrough session, please contact her at: Mavis@nspirehealthyliving.net or visit her website at: http://NspireHealthyLiving.com.