If you’ve been feeling sluggish and haven’t had the energy necessary to do the things you want to do, then a lack of exercise might be the culprit. Even if you have a busy lifestyle, fitting exercise into your routine can actually help you be more effective in all areas of your life. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Determine a schedule that works for you
Not everyone has an hour or two to dedicate to exercise everyday but that doesn’t mean you can’t create an effective work out schedule that works for you. If you don’t have the time to go to the gym, try exercise DVDs at home. Or, better yet, take an evening walk with a family member or friend. Not only are you helping your body, but you’re giving yourself extra time to connect with loved ones.
Find a form of exercise that you enjoy
Despite common misconceptions, exercise doesn’t have to be something that you dread doing. In fact, it can be a positive way to expel stress and have fun at the same time. The key here is picking something that you are motivated to do. Try out different types of exercise (yoga, kickboxing, running, etc.) until you find something that you enjoy. This will ensure that you stick with it for longer than a few days.
Take it slow
Riding the waves of a sudden burst of motivation may be a good start, but don’t allow yourself to become worn out too fast. Your body needs time to adjust to working out regularly so start slow and gradually increase your intensity. This will also keep you from getting mentally burnt out by the idea of exercising.
Make it into a lifestyle
You are far more likely to continue exercising if you make it into a habit. Stick to your exercise schedule as closely as possible and don’t allow outside distractions to keep you from your goals. The results will certainly make it worth it.
If you’ve gotten use to not working out on a regular basis then even one week on a regular schedule will do wonders in improving your mood and increasing your energy. What’s stopping you? Start today for a healthier, happier life.
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