Fitting exercise into your day isn’t always easy. Especially when you’re new to a fitter, healthier lifestyle. The simplest way to start new healthy habits, is to use a workout planner. This is because you’re planning for it, and not relying on willpower to remind you.
Remember: It’s ok to start laughably small.
- Walking 10 minutes a day is better than nothing
- 5 push ups or squats is better than sitting on the couch watching TV
- Walking one flight of stairs is better than taking the lift all the way
When starting a new goal, you’re actually working to create a new habit. The key to success is consistency. Work on doing something small every day.
How to use a workout planner
When you haven’t been regularly exercising for sometime, it’s best to start off slow.
Ease yourself into it.
Otherwise, you end up making it too hard on yourself and you give up because you feel overwhelmed, drained, or upset with yourself.
But this time you’re aiming for a healthy, regular relationship with exercise.
So don’t feel like you have to get up at ridiculous times to go for a jog. If you hate jogging, don’t jog just because everyone else does!
Have a think about what kind of movement you enjoy doing.
Maybe it’s swimming? Dancing? Biking? Climbing? Jumping?
Or maybe there’s something you’ve always wanted to try? Like salsa dancing?
Finding the time in your day to workout
“I’m already busy enough!”
I hear you! When you’ve spent 8 hours a day at work, another 2 in traffic, and then you’ve got dinner to prepare – who has the time or energy to exercise?!
This is where you get creative…
Where are the moments of opportunity hiding in your day?
- On your breaks, can you walk around your building?
- Or what about up the road & back?
- When shopping, can you park further away from the shops?
- If you catch the bus, can you get off 1 stop earlier?
- Or could you catch the train and walk to work instead of driving?
- Can you take the stairs instead of the lift?
There are loads of opportunities in your day where you can take a more ‘active’ approach. You just need to look for them.
And the more often you do it – no matter how small – it’ll soon become automatic!