Tips to get moving today
Now that you know just how valuable regular exercise is, it’s time to look at how to incorporate it into your daily routine. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Find exercise you enjoy
Exercise isn’t exclusive to the gym. So if you hate the thought of running on the treadmill or hauling around weights, don’t do it! There are plenty of ways to move your body. You’re more likely to stick to exercise that you enjoy, so have a look at your options.
Some different ways to move your body include:
· Playing with children or grandchildren
· Tai Chi
· Qi Gong
Put it into your schedule
Now that you know why essential exercise is, you need to prioritise it. If you tend to run off a schedule, include movement in as if it was an important appointment. That way, you’re more likely to keep it.
If you love spending time with other people, exercise is the perfect way to do just that. By exercising with a friend or in a group, you’re more likely to stay committed to your exercise regime. And you’re helping out your friend by doing the same for them! So ask some friends if they’d like to go for a walk at the local park or try a new exercise class with you.
Little bits add up
Exercise doesn’t have to be hours at a time. Little bits of movement add up over time. Everyday activities, or incidental exercise, can count towards your movement goals. So even if you can only fit in a 10-minute walk, 2 sets of stairs and the vacuuming, that’s a good start. After all, some movement is better than no movement at all.
If you have medical restrictions, seek advice
Although an injury or condition may stop you from doing some forms of exercise, it’s rare for all exercise to be off the table. So if you’re concerned about exercising with your condition, seek advice. Your GP should be able to direct you to an exercise expert who can work around any restrictions you might have.