Making Exercise a Part of Your Routine
It’s one thing to know that exercising every day is important in maintaining health, wellness, emotional stability and a killer bod. It’s quite another thing to implement this knowledge into our busy daily schedules, especially if you have a demanding job.
Finding time to work out shouldn’t stress you out. All it takes is a bit of discipline and you can be on your way to creating a healthy, structured lifestyle that gives you time to have it all—work, family, free time, meditation, plenty of sleep and a healthy diet.
How Much Time Do I Need to Spend Exercising?
Ok, so you’re already wracking your brain trying to think of when you can squeeze in some exercise. How much time do you need? Ideally, adults aged 18 to 64 should do about 45 minutes of exercise each day. That’s not too difficult.
According to data from the World Health Organisation (WHO), you’re looking at:
150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week
75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week
Or a combination of moderate and vigorous-intensive physical activity.
Muscle-strengthening activities should involve all major muscle groups and done on one or more days a week
How to Incorporate Exercise into Your Routine
If you’re dedicated to making a commitment to caring for your body and mind, here are a few tips to help you incorporate exercise into your daily routine.
Find Something You Like
Not everyone likes going to the gym, running on a machine and lifting things up and putting them down. Some people do. If you already know what you don’t like, it’s important to find exercises that you do like, as long as it fits your lifestyle, personality and taste. Try experimenting with different forms of exercise until you find something that suits you. Perhaps you prefer Pilates, rock climbing or Samba. Maybe it’s all three. If you enjoy the exercise, you’ll make time for it.
Find a Buddy
When you have a workout buddy, not only do you have someone to enjoy these activities with, but you also have someone to keep you in line if you get lazy. In addition, having someone to work out with can give you a little competition and it can combine social and leisure time with exercise time.
A lot of people are learning the beauty of temptation bundling, which is a simple way to boost your willpower in many situations. Do you have a guilty pleasure? Love watching Home and Away? Tell yourself you can only watch your favourite program or listen to your audiobook or podcast when you’re exercising. That way, you’ll get through the workout faster and you’ll look forward to it.
Make a Schedule and Stick to It
Working out is a priority worth keeping, not only for your health, but also for your own sanity. Don’t let work or anything sort of an emergency keep you from making that date with yourself.
Track Your Activity Levels
By writing down what you achieved with each workout session or tracking how long you are exercising for, you can keep track of your improvements, notice when you slip and generally monitor your progress and stay motivated.
Choose Something over Nothing
If you really can’t make that 45 minute session once a day, don’t skip exercising all together. Do something over nothing. Break it up into 10-15 minutes three times a day, take the stairs. There is plenty of quick workouts you can do that will help you stick to your routine and stay in the fitness mindset.
Finding time to exercise is all about creating structure and balance around your time. Create a balanced lifestyle in all areas with the RemindMyLife app and don’t forget to pat yourself on the back every time you do something for yourself.