Daily exercise is needed for a happy, healthy life. We’ve been told this since we were young kids. Yet most adults today do not get any type of daily exercise.
Every one of us have busy lives and busy schedules. Between work, household chores, and our children’s busy sports and after-school schedules, who has time to think about our own exercise program?
Exercise Plan and Routine
Exercising can be a daunting task for all of us. Too often, adults fail to get a daily exercise program started because they feel the need to jump right in and do a full-blown workout. This is a herculean effort that will end in failure.
Instead, create a simple week-to-week plan detailing what you intend to accomplish and how you intend to add additional small exercises to your routine. Start small and plan big.
For most, the thought of exercise seems like just another task or job to your already busy schedule. The first obstacle to overcome is making exercise part of your routine, not an extra thing you need to do each day. Typically, it takes two weeks to get your exercise promise to become part of your everyday routine. After two about weeks, you will find your daily exercise program an activity you long for each day, not a chore that you dread.
Start Small and Develop the Exercise Routine
The first thing you need to do is map out your exercise plan. Start small by taking a simple walk around the neighborhood. Depending on your schedule, take the walk either first thing in the morning or at the end of day.
Taking a walk first thing in the morning usually provides a lift of energy as opposed to making you feel more tired. The energy of an early morning walk may also begin to get you off that second cup of coffee in the morning.
If you are ending your day with a walk, and once it becomes a part of your daily routine, you will begin to feel more energetic at the end of the day. Getting that walk at the end of the day does a few things for you:
- It gets you off the couch at night
- You will also begin notice a better night’s sleep
- Not to mention of course just generally feeling better about yourself.
Incrementally Add to the Plan
The first thing you need to concern yourself with is getting exercise into your routine. A daily walk around the neighborhood should only take you thirty minutes or so. Get that into your program then begin to add from there.
When adding to your program, don’t go too crazy or you will potentially stunt your exercise program growth. You’re not ready to run a marathon yet. For week two, plan on walking around the neighborhood two times.
Now that daily exercise is part of your routine, continue to map out a week-by-week program, with small incremental increases in your program. Remember to successfully get daily exercise as part of your daily routine, think small, but plan big.
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