Exercise and physical activity are good for just about everyone. No matter your health and physical abilities, you can gain a lot by staying active. In fact, in most cases you have more to lose by not being active.
A new study published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) Network Open found that a sedentary lifestyle can be worse for your health than smoking, diabetes and heart disease.
While most of us create physical activity goals for ourselves, we often have trouble sticking to these goals due to one reason or another. Here are some tips to help you overcome some common barriers to a regular exercise routine:
1. Finding Time to Exercise
Try exercising first thing in the morning.
Combine physical activity with a task that’s already part of your day, such as walking the dog or jogging with you little ones in a stroller.
Limit screen time - make a habit of exercising before sitting down to watch TV or surfing social media websites.
Stay consistent - carve that time out for exercising in your routine every day.
If you don’t have 30 minutes to be active, look for three 10-minute periods throughout the day.
2. Sticking with Your Exercise Plan
Write down your daily exercise plan.
Keep your workout plan simple and take it slow - trying to do too much too quickly will leave you sore, injured and discouraged.
Don't be too hard on yourself - accept the limits of your physical abilities, and allow your body to gradually improve.
Make exercise interesting and enjoyable - do things you enjoy and try new activities to keep your interest alive.
Leave guilt behind - we all make mistakes. Just because you missed a few days of exercise, does not mean you can't get back in the rhythm. Start again today!
3. Exercising without Spending Money
Own pair of comfortable, non-skid shoes? That's all you need to start brisk walking.
For strength training, you can save money by making your own weights using soup cans or water bottles
Check with your local parks and recreation department about free or low-cost exercise programs in your area.
Head to your local public library for a wealth of information such as videos and books about exercising and healthy eating.
Mentioned above were some tips on how to overcome common barriers to an active lifestyle. We would love to hear about your thoughts, suggestions or concerns about this topic. Feel free to post in the comment section below or if you would like to have a one-on-one discussion about your health, give us a call at (609) 586-6661. See you next Wednesday!