If you are someone hoping to make improvements in your health, there is no question adding more activity to your day is on your list of “things” to do. No matter how you look at it, a mobile body is healthier than one that is immobile, and as the saying goes: “an object in motion stays in motion.”
Often the hardest part of being more mobile is getting the process started. That being said, what can you do to ensure you are not sitting around? How can you become one of those people who naturally craves exercise? It is not as hard as you may think.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind…
1. Think Activity, Not Exercise. First, you will want to think of activity, not exercise. Some people have an aversion to doing any “exercise” and for them, forcing it will have an adverse effect on their thinking.
When people instead focus on activity – merely moving their body, it becomes more natural for them, and they become motivated to do it and keep at it. Try this technique for yourself.
2. Get A Friend to Join In. It is also a smart idea to get a friend involved as well. For instance, invite a friend to go for a power walk with you or have a co-worker join you for a lunch workout. Sometimes just being in the company of others is enough to spark added interest in physical activities.
3. Make It A Habit. It is also vital you focus on making it a habit as well. You want to become more active and stay active, not just have it be a fleeting ideal. Try and set a time each day to get busy and stick with that time as best as possible.
If you can do it five days in a row, the chances you keep doing it will be much higher.
4. Go Slow. Finally, go slowly. Do not think you are going from being a “couch potato” to “exercise enthusiast” overnight. Realize it does take time, and you will not get there right away. Be patient with yourself and the process. If you show yourself some understanding and self-love, it will be much easier to go about this process without hitting so many bumps in the road.
Think of this as a lifestyle change, not something you are doing temporarily.