If you’re someone who hopes to make health improvements, there’s no question that adding more activity to your day will be on your “things” list. A mobile body is healthier than one that is immobile, no matter how you look at it, and as the saying goes, “a moving body stays in motion.”
Here are a couple of tips to remember…
1. Think about activity, not about 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 to join a friend. Involving a friend is also a smart idea. For example, invite a friend to go with you for a power walk or join you for a lunch yoga class with a co-worker. Sometimes it is enough to spark added interest in physical activity just being in the company of others.
3. Make it a custom. It is also vital that you also concentrate on making it a habit. You want to become more active and remain active, not just fleeting. Try to set a time every day to get as busy as possible and stay as good as possible with that time. If you can do it in a row for five days, the chances are much higher that you keep doing it.
4. Go slow. Go slow.
Lastly, go slowly. Don’t think you’re going overnight to “exercise enthusiast” from being a “couch potato.” It takes time to realize it, and you won’t get there immediately. Be patient with the process and with yourself. If you show some understanding and self-love, going through this process will be much easier without hitting so many bumps on the road.