No matter how good your diet is or how many supplements you take, it is imperative that you incorporate exercise into your lifestyle.
We do know that sometimes time and responsibilities make it quite difficult to “get your sweat on,” so we are going to give you 12 tips for incorporating exercise into your lifestyle.
“True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united.” Wilhelm von Humboldt
Incorporating Exercise Into Your Lifestyle Tip #1: Start With Your Mind
The fact that you are reading this post tells us you are realizing that exercise needs to be a part of your life. To get started just get in the mindset you will move more.
- Stop using remotes
- Consciously get up from your desk and move on a regular basis
- Skip the elevator and take the stairs
Just get your mind adapted to more movement and you will gain a better exercise mindset.
“Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate. The world wasn’t formed in a day, and neither were we. Set small goals and build upon them.” Lee Haney
Incorporating Exercise Into Your Lifestyle Tip #2: Have An Exercise Routine You Can Do Anywhere
It helps to develop a simple exercise plan you can do anywhere. If you are traveling and in a hotel room, can you perform the exercises in that confine?
Consider things like push-ups, crunches, squats, etc…
Now it is good to walk, jog or bike, but if you are in another country or the weather is bad, you will still be getting exercise.
“Exercise is amazing, from the inside out. I feel so alive and have more energy.” Vanessa Hudgens
Incorporating Exercise Into Your Lifestyle Tip #3: Take Walk Breaks
Walking does a body good!
No matter the type of work you are doing, you surely take breaks. And, while the temptation of sitting down and drinking coffee or eating a snack, why not go for a short walk?
You could still snack as you walk… snack on something healthy.
After that walk, you will probably progress better with your tasks because you got your adrenaline up by walking.
“Exercise is one of the best ways in preventing the rapid growth of obesity in America.” Lee Haney
Incorporating Exercise Into Your Lifestyle Tip #4: Conference Call Workout
During a conference call, have your dumbbells handy. While the meeting is in progress, you can do curls, extensions and shoulder presses. Those who are in the meeting will never know and you can get a great workout.
“Nothing lifts me out of a bad mood better than a hard workout on my treadmill. It never fails. Exercise is nothing short of a miracle.” Cher
Incorporating Exercise Into Your Lifestyle Tip #5: Park In The Nosebleed Section
We all do it… We circle the parking lot 3, 4, 5 and even 10 times trying to get a close space.
Try something new, park as far from the door as possible.
This way you have created an exercise in walking to and from the business you are visiting. It’s a great way to get some needed exercise.
“If a man achieves victory over this body, who in the world can exercise power over him? He who rules himself rules over the whole world.” Vinoba Bhave
Incorporating Exercise Into Your Lifestyle Tip #6: Skip The Car And Take Some Public Transportation
I would say to walk or bike to wherever you must go but for many people, that is impossible. But in many areas, there is public transportation. By taking a bus, train or subway, you will get more exercise because you will be moving more.
“You can develop good judgment as you do the muscles of your body – by judicious, daily exercise.” Grenville Kleiser
Incorporating Exercise Into Your Lifestyle Tip #7: Make Exercise An Enjoyable Experience
If it’s fun, you won’t regret doing it!
Try jogging in new areas; maybe go swimming in a different pool; or bring your friend along for the exercise routine.
Make it fun! Do the exercises you like and enjoy. If you make it fun and not like a chore, you will be excited every time you exercise.
“Exercise is roughly equivalent to an oil lube and a filter for a car. You don’t have to do it, but when you do, it makes the car run a lot better.” S. Jay Olshansky
Incorporating Exercise Into Your Lifestyle Tip #8: Make It An Exercise Date
While other couples are going to the movies or out to eat, why not make dates that require movement… exercise?
A nice walk through a secluded park or even window shopping in the mall is just a couple of ways you can turn a date into an exercise time.
“I think if you exercise, your state of mind – my state of mind – is usually more at ease, ready for more mental challenges. Once I get the physical stuff out of the way it always seems like I have more calmness and better self-esteem.” Stone Gossard
Incorporating Exercise Into Your Lifestyle Tip #9: Plant And Maintain A Garden
By planting and maintaining a garden, you are getting more than just the benefit of exercise. And gardening exercise is great!
You also can grow items that are much healthier than many of the foodstuffs we purchase on a daily basis.
For those of you who do not have the area for an outside garden, there are many ways you can grow inside small living areas.
Just search the many articles online on growing a garden in small areas.
“Someone will write a resolution that says, ‘I want to exercise more,’ or ‘I want to lose 15 pounds’ – which is great, that’s a great goal to have – but every study tells us that if you pose things in abstract, goal-related terms, it’s much less likely that you will accomplish it than if you structure it as an actual activity.” Charles Duhigg
Incorporating Exercise Into Your Lifestyle Tip #10: Get Up 1 Hour Earlier
Setting your alarm clock 1 hour earlier will allow you to take an early jog, walk or bike ride.
It may seem difficult at first, but as you get adjusted, you will appreciate what the early workout does for your physical and mental attitude.
Most people who institute an early workout in their day claim their business benefited because they would actually think clearer and get more accomplished.
“If you set goals for yourself, and you’re like a lot of other people, you probably realize it’s not that your goals are physically impossible that’s keeping you from achieving them; it’s that you lack the self-discipline to stick to them. It’s physically possible to lose weight. It’s physically possible to exercise more.” Daniel Goldstein
Incorporating Exercise Into Your Lifestyle Tip #11: Track And Go More
Keep track of your exercise accomplishments and keep pushing yourself to go just a little more…
- You walked ½ mile today; how about ¾ mile tomorrow?
- Pushed out 30 squats while on a 10-minute break; next break, push out 40.
- You played tag with the kids in the neighborhood for ½ hour; invite them to a basketball game next time.
When you consistently up the goal, you are setting yourself up for exercise success.
“Try to think of working out and healthy eating as a lifestyle. Rather than go on a diet or try a crazy exercise routine, try making them something you do every day.” Allyson Felix
Incorporating Exercise Into Your Lifestyle Tip #12: Take 2
I mentioned earlier about taking the stairs instead. Something else you can add to that which will really help your cardio is taking 2 stairs at a time. Just be careful doing so.
It is an excellent way and while you are at it, slowly pick up your pace on the stairs.
“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” Henry David Thoreau
You surely want to be at 100% for your
- Career or Business
Some people assume that you have to start running marathons or join a gym. While those are great goals, you first have to start incorporating exercise into your lifestyle.
Now, I only listed 12 ideas.
I suggest you just get creative also. Movement is a huge part of the equation. Stand more, walk more, even jog to your car from time to time.
You WILL notice a huge change in your physical and mental health by making exercise a natural part of your lifestyle. And these 12 tips will get you started.
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Thank you and happy exercising!
“Life is made up of experiences. When you get off the couch or outta bed, and go out there and experience things, you find the life you’re looking for.” Toni Sorenson