We know that exercise is good for us but sometimes life gets in the way and we make the excuse we are too busy. A couple of days go without being active, then that turns into weeks and before long we can’t remember the last time we actually did a workout.
Can you remember how great you felt when you were exercising regularly?
“For Australian adults, the National Physical Activity Guidelines recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity on most (preferably all) days. 150 minutes of physical activity (including walking for fitness and transport, and ‘moderate’ and ‘vigorous intensity’ activity) over five or more separate sessions per week. This is classified in the survey as ‘sufficiently active for health’.”
Part of a healthy and balanced lifestyle MUST include some form of exercise but the thought of all that huffing and puffing can turn you off.
THE GOOD NEWS IS EXERCISE CAN BE ENJOYABLE.
An important part of keeping MOTIVATED with your exercise is to DO SOMETHING YOU LOVE. You will have a greater chance of keeping exercise as part of your daily routine, if you are enjoying it.
What type of exercise do you enjoy?
I like running however there are so many options these days:
- Team sports
- Gym workouts
- Personal Training
- Boot Camps
- Aqua aerobics
How to find 30 minutes of exercise each day
Okay so you have found something you enjoy but you can’t do it every day? Not a problem. You can either do longer sessions on two or three days and add up your minutes to equal 150 minutes per week or try to be creative each day for 30 minutes.
1. Schedule in your favourite form of exercise 2 – 3 times per week
Making an ‘appointment’ to exercise will soon become part of your weekly schedule. If you have trouble commiting to yourself, enlist the help of a workout buddy. It is more fun working out with company than on your own.
2. Go for a walk during your lunch break at work
Make time to get out of the office and go for a brisk walk during your lunch break. You will feel refreshed and ready to tackle the afternoon.
3. Set your alarm half an hour earlier to fit in your workout
Prepare yourself and wake up earlier. Try getting your workout gear ready the night before so it is just a matter of hopping out of bed, into your gear and walking out the door.
4. Try High Intensity Interval Training
HIIT is short bursts of exercise performed as hard as you can in less time than an normal workout. PUT A LINK HERE 7 minute workout
5. Do something while watching TV
Use your TV time wisely. You know you hate the TV advertisements and they seem to go longer than the actual program. Use this time to do squats, crunches, situps and jumping jacks.
6. Just Move
Be creative and include incidental exercise into your day.
- Park the car further away and walk
- Get off the bus one stop earlier and walk
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator
- Do the housework – it is amazing the workout you can achieve just by getting stuck into cleaning the house!
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